I just started a diet (shudder) and its one of those plain old "eat less food and lose weight" diets. That's the bad news. The good news is that I'm figuring out that there are a zillion diet-compatible foods to eat. The problem is figuring out how to calculate the calories, because the listings I've seen tend to be very narrow.
What's a strategy for calculating, say, the calories in Mexican shrimp coctail (a fine dietitic food) or a spring roll? Key ingredients, like large shrimp and rice rolls, don't get listed.
Without numbers for things like tendons, tripe, intestines, organ meats, unusual fruits, various fishes, and marinades, it's terribly difficult to figure out the exact numbers.
PS - my tips: good foods: shrimp coctails (cocteles de camarones), thai salads, tandoori chicken, pastas, tuna salad, peas and rice, ham, spam, tofu.