How Accurate Is Your Tracking?
TRACKING ACCURACY AND CONSISTENCY
When it comes to tracking your nutrition, the two most important factors to consider is accuracy and consistency. Just because you enter it into your nutrition tracking app such as MyFitnessPal doesn’t mean it gives a true representation of what is actually happening.
Choosing the correct information is half the battle. That’s why a lot of times you hear people say “I’m eating x amount of calories but I’m not losing weight”.
Obviously there are many other factors to consider but what we have found with a lot of new clients coming on board when we go through their nutrition at the initial consultation is that when things don’t add up it is almost always because of inaccurate tracking.
This is why a bro diet or a diet with heavy restriction seems to work for a lot of people because the lack of variety makes it much easier to manipulate. Even if the information isn’t correct, if you eat the same foods everyday for months and reduce the amount over time then you are still creating some sort of deficit.
We have found a lot people are unsure of what nutrition information to use because there are so many different information out there. For example when you search chicken breast raw on MyFitnessPal and it can come up with 50 different nutrition information. So how do you know which one to choose?
If you want to utilise a flexible approach using a variety of foods then you will first need to learn how to track accurately and consistently.
“The numbers become irrelevant if you can’t have a consistent way of tracking”.
This is why we don’t just give our clients numbers and say off you go when they come on board. We will run them through an education program teaching them how to track and select the correct information and provide constant ongoing education with our growing eBook selection throughout the time of their coaching with us.
Accuracy and consistency with tracking is extremely important especially if you have a diet that consist of a large variety of foods. If you don’t have a consistent way to tracking then you can end up having as much as 10-20% variance in your daily intake. If you are a 50kgs female with a sedentary lifestyle and eating let’s say 1300-1500 kcal as your maintenance. A small discrepancy in your tracking from using the wrong information can make a huge difference in your diet.
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN IT COMES TO TRACKING
For example the difference in nutrition labelling with fibre and sugar alcohol between Australian and American.
Products of Australian descent will always list fibre and sugar alcohol separate to carbs, so it’s EXclusive.
Like this Aussie bodies lo-carb bars.
American labels will have fibre and sugar alcohol as a sub heading under carbs like we do with sugar, so it will be INclusive.
Like this Quest bar with American label.
Most people don’t realise the difference and probably just scan it or input the information into their tracking app.
Another good example is between raw foods in Australian food database and American food database.
100g of raw weight carrot from NUTTAB which is an Australian and New Zealand food database.
100g of raw weight carrot from USDA which is an American food database.
Their calorie content are pretty much identical but why does the USDA carrot shows it has 4.6g more carbs? That’s because they list fibre as inclusive under carbs. So if you take out the 2.8g of fibre then it’s only 1.8g more carbs which is minimal difference. So what this means is If your nutrition tracking mixes with both American and Australian nutrition info then you may not have an accurate or consistent way of tracking.
Moral of the story is to make sure to improve your knowledge on tracking and learn how to track accurately and consistently to maximise your results and give you the tools to use for the rest of your life.
Diet Smart. Not Hard.