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food labels/calorie counting(6 posts)

food labels/calorie countingYoungRcR
Feb 22, 2003 6:06 PM
When you look at the nutritional facts on a food label, i have a few questions.

1. The calories and calories from fat, dos this take into account the ammount of energy received from the protein, carb-calories, etc. ?

I have been counting calories i intake, averaging... 105 for breakfast (special K breakfast bar), about 300 for lunch (fold over peanut butter sandwich and fat free fig newtons), a small snack when i get home, usually another breakfast bar or fig newtons before i go lift weights or ride. During a 2 hour ride i only eat 300 calories, anything shorter only water, anything longer an additional 200 calories each hour after the 2nd. Dinner i eat an average portion, not too much and usually try to eat balanced meals, but rarely do.

Does it sound like i am eating enough for a 17 year old doing a winter weight/fixed gear program, training for cat.3 and junior 17-18 racing?

Any advice or comments are appreciated. hopefully winter will break before too long here in NC so i can get some steady road miles in. :-)
re: food labels/calorie countingTREKY
Feb 22, 2003 7:21 PM
Answer to question one is yes /no.The calories given for total fat does not take into consideration the carbs and protein.The total calories per serving does take into account the carbs and protein also.

To answer whether you are eating enough you need to say what your weight is and how much you're training.It does'nt sound like your eating enough for breakfast to begin with.At 17 you should'nt have to worry too much about the amount of calories provided you are eating the right foods.

Eat a larger breakfast with some protein included in it.You can get it from eggs or dairy.Try not to get too obssesive in counting calories.A person your age and as active as you seem to be will burn up alot of calories.Just make sure you are eating the proper foods such as lean proteins whole grains and vegetables.

Good luck to you this season.
what is a low-glycemic sugar? (nm)funknuggets
Feb 23, 2003 10:58 AM
No way to answer...Alexx
Feb 23, 2003 1:40 PM
Are you at an acceptable weight? Do you have enough strength?

Diet is more than just calories. I rarely eat any pre-processed foods-they just are not good for my digestive system. I will occasionally eat a clif bar while riding (the only brand that doesn't taste like sawdust...), or maybe even a few fig newtons, but avoid those 'training' foods like the plague. I'm 42, have a BP of 125/80, resting rate of 55 bpm, am at my ideal weight, and still have all my hair! Oh, BTW, I also drink wine with nearly every meal (sometimes bourbon afterwards, too).

Stop worrying about numbers. Eat what you need, when you need it! And eat real food, too! A good balance of carbs and protein is really the most important thing about diet.
Post this on fitness/nutrition and you get a better discussionKerry
Feb 23, 2003 6:09 PM
The short answers are 1) total calories on a label includes all content and 2) you've not provided enough data to determine whether you're getting enough calories. It sounds like you're creating a huge deficit during the day, which likely leads to bingeing in the evening.
re: food labels/calorie countingASiegel993
Feb 23, 2003 7:07 PM
Total calories and total calories from fat are inclusive of everything, thus the "total".

Based on what you've said, I think it can be said that you may be at a calorie deficiency. I'm 16 myself, and eat well over 2000 calories per day, just because of how active I am. You seem to be in much better shape (seeing as how you're a cat 3) than I am, and would imagine that you can eat really as much as you want without an adverse effect on your fitness. If you are really curious, just go to and you'll get ratings and all of that good stuff. Plus, it's free.

Don't bother counting calories. You're young enough to burn em off without any worry. If you're intent on maintaining a healthy diet, then really just look at calories from fat as a percentage of total calories. That's all that you really need at this point that'll have much impact (if at all) on your fitness. anything below 30% calories from fat is good stuff. Just make sure with everything else that you're getting enough protein and carbs etc.

Man, my health teacher would love seeing me doing this right now.