Hungry Runner

"In many ways, I blame the fitness industry for people’s confusion, as everywhere you look there is someone promising results if you would just eat their way, follow their recommendations, skip this food, skip this meal, take this supplement, and so forth.
The real trick is to relax, understand it doesn’t have to be this hard, eat a diet composed of mostly real, whole, minimally processed food only until satisfied, exercise regularly, and get sufficient rest. Repeat."

Precision Nutrition

BuiltLean.com Q&A: Should I track calories everyday?

Answer: Tracking your calories for a few days can provide really useful information about your current calorie and macronutrient intake, and help you make small changes to your current habits so you could start to see results from your workout program. If you’re a habitual eater, then tracking for a few days might be all you need to make a few tweaks to your current nutrition routine. You can use the information you get from tracking your calories to create a meal plan for yourself– choosing 3 options for breakfast, 3 for lunch, 3 for dinner, and a few snack options as well. Tracking your calories everyday is a great way to keep yourself motivated and aware about your nutrition, but isn’t necessary for everyone. It depends on what you prefer, if you’re getting the results you want from your exercise program, and if you have a lot of variety in your meals on a day-to-day basis. I think that the more variety you have in your daily nutrition, the more beneficial it would be for you to track your calories every day, just to be sure you’re hitting your macronutrient and calorie goals. - Kristin Rooke

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There are entire industries profiting from our belief that we are out of control and must be led by the nose. These industries collect massive amounts of money by making up rules that don’t exist and selling them to people who don’t need them.

Obviously, the propaganda works. And if it works on you, you needn’t feel alone — it works on all of us, myself included. A sustained, positive effort is necessary to work against it.

This is where normal, dare-I-say-it, healthy eating starts. Not with rules. Not with food guides.

But with media literacy.

With skeptical inquiry and critical thinking.

And, lastly, with this whole self-determination thing.

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The Rules of Nutrition- The Fat Nutritionist

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Are there ways to eat which will (potentially) optimize your functioning while minimizing (your immediate and long-term risks of) certain diseases?

Probably.

Are there ways to eat which will (possibly) undermine your functioning while increasing (your risk of) disease?

Probably.

And why do I say probably instead of striking out with a sexy, definitive Yes?

Because, while these are likely results, they are not inevitabilities. They are not laws. This is not a2 + b2 = c2.

It’s more like a2 + b2 = c probably, maybe, if x, y, and z are also present.

Because — let’s go back to being obvious again — people are different.

If you’re shopping for laws, try here. Take a good look. Notice there’s not one piece of dietary advice among them.

Why am I telling you all this? So you’ll have absolutely no idea now what to do with your eating, and throw your hands up in despair and head for the nearest Cinnabon, because, fuck it, there are no rules?

No.

(Though if you’re tempted to do just that, I’ll totally understand.)

I’m telling you this because it is crucial that you be the one to decide.

I’m telling you this because you are in charge of this particular voyage, cap’n.

I’m telling you this because it is critical that humans operate on the basis of autonomy.

And I’m telling you this because you make the rules.

That Ultimate Authority? That guru, or nutritionist, or Oprah-certified megalomaniac you’ve been searching for all this time? Because you’re that desperate for someone to tell you what to do?

It’s you.

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The Rules of Nutrition- The Fat Nutritionist

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The answer is no! There’s no such thing as ‘ideal’ in nutriton. People have this idea that there’s one perfect way to do something, and if you don’t do it perfectly then you’re missing something.

But there are a million and one ways. There’s no single diet or post-workout nutrition source that you have to have.

Put that idea of ‘perfection’ out of your mind – it doesn’t exist.

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— Matt Fitzgerald - What You Can Learn From the World’s Best Running Authors

"If you want to keep your metabolism high while losing fat, engage in high intensity resistance training and interval cardiovascular exercise. Keep you calories under what you burn, but not by so much that your body thinks it is starving. 1-2 pounds of fat loss per week is a good rate and lessens the chance of significant metabolic slowdown. If you have all those pieces in place, then adding some green tea extract (containing about 100 mg of ECGC) three times per day and caffeine may enhance your fat loss. You cannot lose weight or increase your metabolism in any significant way by just taking a pill."

Can Metabolism Boosters Help You Burn More Fat? - BuiltLean.com

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