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    Tracking at family dinner time. How?

    How do I track my calories, make dinner, and eat the same dinner as my family?

    In terms of eating with your family at dinner, it's honestly about you making the foods and knowing what is going in them. If you do that, you will know the total calories for the recipe and then portion it accordingly for yourself. Your family could then just eat reasonable servings, as they won't be on the plan you're on.

    My suggestion for situations like this is to keep dinner recipes very simple, as the more ingredients you use, the more numbers you have to track and worry about.

    Picking a meat, then one or two seasoned vegetables, and then a fat or a starch added on the side will keep things simple.

    If you make a recipe that has 10 ingredients, you can see how that's much more demanding (in multiple ways) than 3 or 4 basic ingredients. Keep the ingredients simple and let the seasonings change the tastes.

    It can be done, especially if it's usually just for one meal with the family per day (dinner usually)!

    Pictured are a couple of examples:

    1. Chicken breast w/ seasoned sweet potatoes and spinach with a little italian dressing. A protein, a starch, a vegetable, and a fat.

    2. Chicken thighs with seasoned broccoli and seasoned rice. A protein/fat, a starch, and a vegetable.



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    Originally Posted by 2020Wellness View Post
    How do I track my calories, make dinner, and eat the same dinner as my family?


    It can be done, especially if it's usually just for one meal with the family per day (dinner usually)!
    i like to eat with my family 2+ meals per day rip my gains
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    Nothing like obsessing over food to ruin a family experience
    The power of carbs compels me!
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    Nothing like obsessing over food to ruin a family experience
    That's the thing..... You don't have to obsess and this post doesn't advocate that. That would be taking things to an extreme and I'm definitely not a fan of that when it comes to nutrition. It's amazing what you can get done without being neurotic about macros and food lists.

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    i like to eat with my family 2+ meals per day rip my gains
    Yep, it's over for you. LDAR immediately.
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    Originally Posted by 2020Wellness View Post
    Yep, it's over for you. LDAR immediately.
    sorry for the troll post but most of us in this section subscribe to the notion that you can eat this way for every meal of your life and still achieve your fitness goals! What if you applied this concept to your entire diet?
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    Originally Posted by Jcart159 View Post
    sorry for the troll post but most of us in this section subscribe to the notion that you can eat this way for every meal of your life and still achieve your fitness goals! What if you applied this concept to your entire diet?
    Of course you can apply this to every meal, it's tracking and keeping it simple. Many people think they can't eat what their family eats once they start a diet though, so this post is meant to help those people. People ask me about this topic regularly, as not everyone has the knowledge that people like you and I have when it comes to nutrition.
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    Better yet, stop being a cheap peasant and determine the exact calories by keeping an affordable, easy-to-use calorimeter in the kitchen.
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    Originally Posted by rtpmarine View Post
    Better yet, stop being a cheap peasant and determine the exact calories by keeping an affordable, easy-to-use calorimeter in the kitchen.
    Always keep a spare around as well in case the batteries run out on the first.
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    Originally Posted by rtpmarine View Post
    Better yet, stop being a cheap peasant and determine the exact calories by keeping an affordable, easy-to-use calorimeter in the kitchen.
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