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  • Posted On: 03-07-19, 12:53 pm (EST) #1

    Nutrition label confusion

    March 7, 2019, 12:53 pm

    Hey Scott,

    Ive been tracking my macros using the mymacros+ app for a while and I noticed something concerning. I realized that many of the foods I’ve logged from the nutrition labels have calorie contents that don’t line up with the macros. When I add up the macros myself I’m 100 calories over where I thought I was. Since my weight has been going up at a steady level of about .5lbs per week I know I’m in roughly the right calorie range for my activity level, but it raises the question whether I’m actually getting the macros I think I am. In your experience, are the calories or macros listed on the nutrition labels more accurate? Because while my instinct is to trust the listed macros I’ve also read that the calories on the label are the more accurate choice because they remover calories from fiber and ingredients that aren’t actually digested.

     

    Thanks,

    Jarod

  • Posted On: 03-07-19, 8:58 pm (EST) #2

    Nutrition label confusion

    March 7, 2019, 8:58 pm
    Posted by: jarodm226

    Hey Scott,

    Ive been tracking my macros using the mymacros+ app for a while and I noticed something concerning. I realized that many of the foods I’ve logged from the nutrition labels have calorie contents that don’t line up with the macros. When I add up the macros myself I’m 100 calories over where I thought I was. Since my weight has been going up at a steady level of about .5lbs per week I know I’m in roughly the right calorie range for my activity level, but it raises the question whether I’m actually getting the macros I think I am. In your experience, are the calories or macros listed on the nutrition labels more accurate? Because while my instinct is to trust the listed macros I’ve also read that the calories on the label are the more accurate choice because they remover calories from fiber and ingredients that aren’t actually digested.

     

    Thanks,

    Jarod

    @jarodm226 I would never go off of the calories a label gives you - always go off the macros. Because yes they do some calculations where the macros and calories don't always line up. I believe the macros are the more accurate representation of what you're getting. With the calories they will round up or down so the numbers can be a bit skewed.

     

    But my advice is to just try and hit your macros and if you do that, the calories should be where they need to be as well - regardless of what the labels say the calories are.

  • Posted On: 03-07-19, 8:58 pm (EST) #3

    Nutrition label confusion

    March 7, 2019, 8:58 pm
    Posted by: jarodm226

    Hey Scott,

    Ive been tracking my macros using the mymacros+ app for a while and I noticed something concerning. I realized that many of the foods I’ve logged from the nutrition labels have calorie contents that don’t line up with the macros. When I add up the macros myself I’m 100 calories over where I thought I was. Since my weight has been going up at a steady level of about .5lbs per week I know I’m in roughly the right calorie range for my activity level, but it raises the question whether I’m actually getting the macros I think I am. In your experience, are the calories or macros listed on the nutrition labels more accurate? Because while my instinct is to trust the listed macros I’ve also read that the calories on the label are the more accurate choice because they remover calories from fiber and ingredients that aren’t actually digested.

     

    Thanks,

    Jarod

    @jarodm226 I would never go off of the calories a label gives you - always go off the macros. Because yes they do some calculations where the macros and calories don't always line up. I believe the macros are the more accurate representation of what you're getting. With the calories they will round up or down so the numbers can be a bit skewed.

     

    But my advice is to just try and hit your macros and if you do that, the calories should be where they need to be as well - regardless of what the labels say the calories are.

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