Weighing food

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Do you guys weigh your meats cooked or raw? And if measuring cooked what is the best way to determine calories?
 
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However the nutrition label is portioned for.
Or you can trust a database for simple meats (like mfp or a nutrition info database) in which case I go with cooked
 
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I think raw is more accurate because once its cooked chances are there will be sauces, oils and marinades that can skewer the weight measurement. If you are really OCD on MFP then weigh everything separately during your 'mis en place'. :)

Packages foods though are easy, just scan the nutritional label/barcode haha.
 
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Technically raw is going to be more accurate but if you are consistent one way or the other I think it will balance out pretty much.
 
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Technically raw is going to be more accurate but if you are consistent one way or the other I think it will balance out pretty much.
This. Its all about consistency. As long as you're doing it one way consistently you'll be fine. Most foods are labeled for raw weight though
 
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Depends.

Anything that you are adding water to, like oatmeal, pasta, rice etc. weigh it before. The absorbed water will add weight and it will not be accurate. For meats, you'll get mixed responses. I would say choose one method and stick with it. I weigh my meats cooked. I do this because it is easier to meal prep that way, in my opinion. I can cook up a week's worth of meat and just take out however many grams or ounces I need.

Also, if one cooks meat, it loses retained water. That is also why I choose to weigh it cooked.
 
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I weigh cooked!
 

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Myfitnesspal database of foods has cooked and uncooked items if you forget to weigh before cooking. I like to weigh protein uncooked and carbs cooked, but if going very anal will weigh carbs uncooked to get the right weight then reportion based on the total cooked size.
 
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Cooked unless the label specifically says uncooked.

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