With foods from places like the butchers, where there is no information, how would you estimate your numbers?
Does the trick for me. They have most meats with most cuts. That plus a kitchen scale (<$20) will certainly give you a reliable estimate (it's always going to be a bit fuzzy thanks to fat variance)
How do other people track their intakes?
I mostly just stick to calories. Once you've done the math enough on the macronutrients it all becomes mental; protein heavy, from what I've read, is more ideal as a) when you're losing weight, your body will burn both fat and muscle, b) Protein (+exercise) will help retain said muscle and make the ratio of loss more fat, and c) Protein has a longer rate of satiation so you're less likely to feel hungry. I haven't been overly concerned with fat vs carb, but I do have a rough balance between em. Aim for at least 100g protein a day -- which really isn't that protein heavy in the absolute sense, but most diets still don't quite reach it.
Snacks are my little demons so any good advice on what is healthy and nice and cheap is appreciated.
Small protein shake? 4 oz 2% milk + half scoop of whey protein = ~150 calories, at about 50% pro / 25% fat / 25% carb
Handful of nuts -- Peanuts/Almonds
2% Cottage cheese (1/2 cup) + 1/2 cup pineapple
Veggies + cottage cheese ranch dressing. You know those Ranch packets, where they ask you to combine Mayo and milk with the seasonings to make the dressing? Screw that noise. Cottage cheese + blender does the job remarkably well. I use an old, small butter dish to hold it. anything in a small portion
- takes some preplanning, but I have about 5 pounds of halved, cooked chicken breasts (baked en masse) all individually frozen just waiting to be reheated and eaten. Hell, even chocolate chip cookies are ok, provided you only eat, like... 1 if homemade/bakery or 2 if chips-ahoy-ish.