This is one in a series of food photo diary posts in which I track my food in pictures. I’m also counting my calories. Read all about it in this post or click here to view my calorie intake in a nifty spreadsheet.
I never really thought of myself as a fat fiend, but since tracking my calories these past few days, I’m kind of surprised by the percentage of my daily calories come from fat. My fat intake is typically over 30%, while the Dietary Reference Intake system recommends I get 20-35% of my calories from fat. Should I worry? I don’t think so. At least not yet. The DRI is not all knowing. And most of my fats come from good things like avocado, olive oil and nuts. I feel like I eat these things in moderation, so why stop now?
I do have one regret, and this points to the crapulence of calorie counting: today I payed too much attention to the numbers. Feeling a little unsure about that fat percentage, and wanting to up my protein, I decided to buy fat free yogurt today. What a mistake. I don’t care what all those fans of Fage 0% Greek yogurt say – this stuff doesn’t hold a candle to the real thing. I don’t like shortcuts when it comes to food, and this is the last one I plan to make. I’d rather have less of the good full fat stuff than more of the lower fat, less tasty stuff, no matter how much protein it packs.
Monday was a bit of a failure on the calorie consumption part… I ended up running a 488 deficit instead of my goal 100 surplus. See, I need that full fat Greek yogurt. How could I ever have doubted this?
Diary for Monday, May 26, 2009
Calories in: 1,897
Calories out: 1,409
Deficit: 488 (whoops)
Orangina, consumed out of desperate fatigue. Totally unnecessary, but cold.
Calories: 150 kCal
Protein: 0 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Carbs: 39 grams
A 3-park walk with Tim around Clissold Park. Calories burned: about 300 kCal.