the calorie counter

I am wondering if the calorie counter on here is correct or if it is quite random. I just looked up wholemeal toast, one slice, and it said 252 cals, under it is toast with 10g of butter, which counts as 151 cals. that is quite a difference and unless the dry toast is enormous doesn't make sense. I'm not trying to be picky, but if there are lots of anomalies this won't work well.

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  • Hello Lilibird, we don't count calories and never have, in fact to be totally honest their values mean nothing to me. We eat a very wide range of foods which include at least 75% in volume vegetables at a main meal. Cabbage, spinache, broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower, parsnips, turnips, carrots, beans, etc to choose from. Have two or three at a meal. Vegetables are high in fibre and low in energy by volume. Also proper wholemeal bread, not the rubbish sold in supermarkets, is too bulky to eat much of but again is high in fibre. Lastly stay away from packets also seed oils and spreads.

    Does that help?

  • Thanks for your reply, I agree with you in every aspect, but am a bit behind you in good habits maybe. I want to lose weight by using a calorie counter to start with, I am hoping that after I have lost the excess weight and want to maintain a healthy diet that I won't be using calculators etc anymore. It is an eyeopener for me to see the difference between the different foods, I won't be using low fat or diet products, but I can figure out how much butter or cheese etc is good. I want to reduce my portion sizes, and knowing how much energy is in a meal is helpful for that, I have proof that i am eating plenty to sustain me, but not overfilling myself. I railed against slimming world and other diet businesses because I am suspicious of them, so this is me trying to gain control autonomously. Once I get back to what I used to be 10 years ago, when smoking filled the gap that food does now, I can get on with getting on. I have gone back to baking my own brown bread, it is small and dense and has no puffing up agents.

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