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Should I track Raw or Cooked?

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This is a really common question I get asked, ‘should I track raw or cooked weight?’

And the answer is: ‘it depends.’

Here is how I recommend you track your different food options.

Meats:

When it comes to your meats it’s important to track it in the way you weigh it. If you track your food before you cook (raw) then make sure the option you add in MFP is raw, if you way it post cooking make sure you track it as grilled, raw, roasted, steamed, poached etc.

If you’re creating a recipe do a raw weight.

Veggies:

Consider these the same as your meats, because their weight will change depending on cooking choice. Track raw if thats how you are eating it or if you are cooking the single serve in that moment. If you are tracking after its cooked make sure you find an option in MFP to suit: steamed, roasts, dry roasted, etc.

Grains:

I always recommend grains: oats, rice, pasta, cous cous, quinoa, and any other I missed to be tracked from a raw weight when you are prepping yourself. If you are wanting to do multiple serves in one cook then add & track using raw weight cooke all serves together and then weigh the cooked product to divide by the amount of serves you cooked to divide across your prep. 

Of course their is instances where you haven’t done the food prep so use cups etc to so you can see the portion size.

Hopefully this helps you out while tracking.

R.x

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