The truth is I’m a foodie, but I also love weight training and being in shape. I used to think there were two options. I could eat what I wanted and get fat, or follow a restrictive diet to be lean, but never both at the same time. That changed when I tried intermittent fasting.
It’s demotivating when your weight increases on a diet, even if you know you’ve made progress. Your clothes fit better, but the scale seems to show fat gain. It’s a common experience, and has lead to an industry of scale condemnation. Headlines like “throw away your scale!” are a tabloid trope.
But the scale is misunderstood, and it’s still the best way to track fat loss when you know how to use it.
I used to struggle to stay lean. I’d crash diet then rebound every time. So when I found a way to stay not just lean, but super-lean, I thought I’d found the holy grail. But it turned out to be a health-ruining nightmare.
Intermittent fasting combined with coffee and nicotine makes a surprisingly effective nootropic. And unlike the usual nootropic drugs, there are no debilitating side effects, even with everyday use.
Diet tracking isn’t the only way to lose fat or gain muscle, nor is it the best choice for everyone. It also adds time and work to meal preparation.
However, the payoff is complete food choice with fine-grained body composition control. That makes it uniquely powerful.
On one side you have people who say weight loss is just calories in vs calories out. The other claims that food quality is all that matters. So what’s the truth, and how should we tackle body composition?
Yo-yo dieting isn’t wise nutrition management, but it made me an expert at losing body fat. (Keeping it off came later unfortunately.)
All fat loss requires is that you burn more energy than you take in. It’s a simple concept, but there’s a lot of room for error in practice.
The principles listed here make the process as easy as possible and help prevent rebounds and unnecessary metabolic slowdown.
Here’s a sugar-free substitute for gummy candy that takes minutes to prepare. It’s low in energy and high in volume so you can eat plenty of it. That makes it great for dieting.
Two of life’s best pleasures are good food, and being fit and lean. They seem contradictory, but despite widespread belief you don’t have to choose one or the other. You can be fit and lean and indulge in whatever treats you feel like. And there are no exotic supplements, drugs, or extreme exercise regimes needed.