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October 14, 2013 8:04 PM
I'm just wondering how we count calories when the menu doesn't state the calories in the meal.

I've been invited to go to a Japanese steak house... And don't know how to do the count.
October 14, 2013 8:06 PM
Have the same this time...i just guess the approx cal by the way i feel full XD
October 14, 2013 8:09 PM
need to have an eye for the size of foods

use this as a guideline
October 14, 2013 8:19 PM
I do my best to estimate the portion and then find something as close as possible (I.e. I will use the 8oz sirloin/ mashed potatoes/ rye bread loafs in the database from a national chain that most closely resembles the meal I ate at our local steakhouse). I always err on the side of overestimating, so I know that if I'm not right, at least I've got a safety net to keep from underestimating.
October 14, 2013 8:19 PM
The MFP database is amazingly comprehensive sometimes and has entries for things like Chinese Buffet - one plate, etc. I make a few attempts at something close that might be in the database and then use my own experience with calorie counting to gauge whether the number is high or low. Then - and this is the most important bit - I let it go. The number I end up with for the meal, for the day, might not be exactly correct, but I kept up the habit of recording my meals. The little errors cancel each other out after a while.
Edited by Jmercerq On October 14, 2013 8:20 PM
October 14, 2013 8:20 PM
just notice the ounce sizes listed of the steak and then eyeball the veggies and whatnot. then log it by weight and measure.
October 14, 2013 8:25 PM
I'll be eating chicken breast and fried rice.should I just bring a measuring cup??

Ingredients Iin rice is butter, peas, carrots, soy sauce
October 14, 2013 8:28 PM

I'm just wondering how we count calories when the menu doesn't state the calories in the meal.

Select items that are small in portion size, recognizable primary ingredients,and minimal ingredients/sauces/preparation.

That'll get you into the right ball park.
October 14, 2013 10:21 PM
And when in doubt, divide the meal in half and bag the other half immediately.

I ate out this weekend for the first time in a while in places with clearly marked menus. You couldn't find many menu items under 1,100 calories, they often ranged in the 1500-2000 range, and I dare say a lot of them are under-estimates.
Edited by pavrg On October 14, 2013 10:22 PM
October 14, 2013 10:22 PM
If eating out is a rare treat - then take a good guess or don't log at all. It's just one night. I'd leave the measuring cups at home.

If you eat out a lot you might want to be a little more accurate. I'm still not bringing measuring cups to the restaurant, but I'd aim a little higher in my estimates and do my best to get the closest thing in the log or enter items separately.
October 14, 2013 10:29 PM
Try searching under the generics for meals. If not, try to eyeball portions. It's what I do. For example, the other day I went out for some Thai. The restaurant I went to had no information for me. So, I just searched "Thai basil tofu fried rice". There were a couple options, so I went with the higher calorie option to be on the safe side and eyeballed my plate at two cups rice and a half block of tofu.
October 15, 2013 12:09 AM
Most of the restaurants I go to have their nutritional info on their websites. Except tgi fridays uk who say they won't say ! I guess they don't want to scare us of! I usually order chicken off the starters to eat as my main with some sweet potato fries. Or I order fries and just have one piece of chicken off my kid's plate. That keeps the portion sizes down and I still get to enjoy being out.

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