Guide To Estimating Calories

When counting calories and macros it can be a nightmare when foods have no nutritional information.


There is always a way to track calories and macros.


A SIMPLE SEARCH


Planning is always going to be KEY, the earlier you plan the better, if you know you are going out for a meal with the family, then I would advise accounting for this and adjusting your calories/macros to make allowance for it.


For example, you could move up 20% of your macros to one day, so that you have 120% of your normal, which means you need to subtract 20% from the rest of your week. Let's say your goal is normally 2000 calories and you plan to eat 2400 calories that day, that is OK, don't worry, just make sure the next couple of days you eat 1800, so that over the week you still average out 14,000 calories.



Focus on Calories and Protein


Don't worry too much about carbs and fats, instead focus on hitting protein and calories, this will give you much more flexibility.


When searching for the food you are going to have, it is KEY that you find the closest match possible. If you are eating out at a chain restaurant, they will most likely have their nutritional information on their site, I would recommend looking in advance to choose what you want, planning ahead is very important, and you can plan your day around it.


If you cannot find the exact item you are looking for you are going to have to make your BEST GUESS, if you go to your grandma's house and she baked some cookies, try to find an equivalent. For example, I recently went to 200 Degrees coffee shop with Selina and we shared a banana and chocolate loaf cake slice. In this instance I found a Starbucks one and used that to track it.


Split It Up


The meal you are eating may be made of several parts, for example, steak with chips and peas, in this