A couple of days ago I was looking over a client's food diary on the Myfitnesspal app and noticed that she had nearly reached her daily calorie goal but the carbohydrate, fat and protein (macronutrient) percentages were still very low.

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While I do not advocate for the continuous monitoring and obsession over calorie counting it's always good to check every now and again to stay on track.

The said client had consumed some sushi on that day and the calorie total for the portion size calories were 300 for 8 pieces. The macronutrient breakdown was as follows

Carbohydrates 8 grams

Protein 2 grams

Fat 9 grams

Sugar 2 grams

Now there are fixed calorie values for each macronutrient, 

Carbohydrates/sugar 4 calories/gram

Protein 4 Calories/gram

Fat 9 calories/gram

So as you can see from a quick mental math that there was a mistake in the calculation.

Carbohydrates/sugar 4 x 10 = 40

Protein 4 x 2 = 8

Fat 9 x 9 = 81

Total 129 calories

As you can see the food was incorrectly valued at 300 calories for some reason.

Again, I just want to reiterate not to be obsessive about calories, but I found it an interesting observation and it can be also a note of caution if you are counting calories be vigilant with apps and if things don't look right check the numbers

Richard

 

2015-11-27 01:07:12