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    Do you count macros from veggies?

    What's your opinions on the title?

    Do you count your macros from veggies, say a few asparagus spears or a cup of spinach or cup of broccoli?

    Just wondering if I should be including these or not in my diet plan macro amount.

    Currently, I do add them in, but curious what everyone else does?

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    Totally up to your comfort and desire to record stuff.

    IMO, for most people, It's probably not necessary if you're sticking with broccoli, asparagus, and cruciferous vegetables... unless you're eating a crazy amount, or you have a heavy carb restriction, or your already very lean. Like 5 CUPS of broccoli is what, 100-120 cals maybe? That's not going to change anything for you if you're chubby. And if you feel the need to subtract fibrous carbs, it'll mean even less. But if 100 cals makes or breaks your diet, then yes, you should.

    If you stray into vegetables like peas, corn, soybeans, potatoes... then yes. you probably should write them down.

    The calories reported by food companies and not exactly accurate anyways (1). Personally, I eat 6 times a day and eat about 4 cups of broccoli a day. I write down everything because its just easier.... but on the whole, I can't measure accurately enough to where I'm TRULY counting calories down to within 16-20 cals per meal. I'm ok with being mathematically off in my calories every day, as long as I'm consistently off throughout the week. I think I'm eating about 2800 cals/day but in reality its probably a range of 2500-3000.... but it doesn't matter. Even if your strictly talking "calories" and you're off by 1000 a day, just be consistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie67 View Post
    Totally up to your comfort and desire to record stuff.

    IMO, for most people, It's probably not necessary if you're sticking with broccoli, asparagus, and cruciferous vegetables... unless you're eating a crazy amount, or you have a heavy carb restriction, or your already very lean. Like 5 CUPS of broccoli is what, 100-120 cals maybe? That's not going to change anything for you if you're chubby. And if you feel the need to subtract fibrous carbs, it'll mean even less. But if 100 cals makes or breaks your diet, then yes, you should.

    If you stray into vegetables like peas, corn, soybeans, potatoes... then yes. you probably should write them down.

    The calories reported by food companies and not exactly accurate anyways (1). Personally, I eat 6 times a day and eat about 4 cups of broccoli a day. I write down everything because its just easier.... but on the whole, I can't measure accurately enough to where I'm TRULY counting calories down to within 16-20 cals per meal. I'm ok with being mathematically off in my calories every day, as long as I'm consistently off throughout the week. I think I'm eating about 2800 cals/day but in reality its probably a range of 2500-3000.... but it doesn't matter. Even if your strictly talking "calories" and you're off by 1000 a day, just be consistent.

    Keep it simple,
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    Good points charlie, I appreciate the info.

    I eat 16 asparagus spears a day, 1 cup spinach and 2 cups lettuce with a handful red/orange peppers chopped up. I count these in my macros since my carb limit right now is 50/day. I absolutely count anything like peas, corn, soybeans etc. Those guys have way more to them then green veggies.

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    I would only count them if I was doing Ketogenic diet and my ketostix test revealed me not in Ketosis. The extra math headache isn't worth the 100 calorie discrepancy to me.

    I probably shortchange myself 40-50 calories every day so it might balance out. Leftover yogurt or rice stuck to my bowl, walmart scale is probably off by a gram here and there, liquid egg whites never going to be measured 100% accurate, etc.

    If i'm off by 7 calories per meal times 6 meals that's 42 calories right there
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    Nah because I dont eat veggies.
    Joking aside,I never do. Unless they are soaked in butter,I of course count the butter.
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    I'm with Charlie on this keeping it consistent is whats most important. Myself I count everything (weighed out 95% of the time for me it's simple and I am truly accountable. I'm always smazed how some people say things like "oh I only took in 30 grams of carbs today" then when asked about vegetable intake they don't count that lol. Don't even want to know how the vegetables are prepared. As far as potatos, sweet potatos, corn and the likes those to me I consider grain even though yes they are vegetables.
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    I do, but that's just because I'm OCD and want to make sure I've got everything recorded that I'm eating. But I eat the same amount of veggies everyday, regardless of diet, so it's pretty consistent for me. But my goals are also fairly modest (no competitions) so even if I didn't count it, it wouldn't make or break anything. If you're being really strict about your calories and you have much more serious goals, it sure wouldn't hurt to count them.

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    Totally with Windex in saying I can only see it being necessary for tracking net carbs on keto. I've always heard fibrous green veg are basically calorie-neutral at the end of the day (you expend as much energy digesting them as they provide). So yeah, save yourself the aggravation and eat up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle1337 View Post
    What's your opinions on the title?

    Do you count your macros from veggies, say a few asparagus spears or a cup of spinach or cup of broccoli?

    Just wondering if I should be including these or not in my diet plan macro amount.

    Currently, I do add them in, but curious what everyone else does?
    Yes, they will be small in number but should be counted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle1337 View Post
    I eat 16 asparagus spears a day

    That's the problem. it needs to be 17.
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    My opinion is not to count if you not competing.

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    Unless you are trying to get single digit show ready, I don't see the need

    Personally I eat very little veggies anyway. They do me more harm than good

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    No need to count at all. Unless you are competing or just really anal with food.

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