On the subject of weight loss…

Recently had a moment where I confronted my opinions on the “health guru” craze. I know, I know, I’m very late to the game to be commenting on a craze that is in its umpteenth iteration but give me a break, I’m slow.

At any rate, like so many of my friends and relatives that lost weight, are losing weight, want to lose weight, etc. we have all read volumes of methodology books/articles/newspaper clippings/etc. In case you weren’t already aware they are all selling you on the details. keto, intermittent fasting, south beach, low carb, gluten free, vegan, blah blah blah.

I’ve done calorie counting and lost weight (put this 1st purposely). I’ve done keto and lost weight, I’ve done low carb and lost weight. I’ve lost weight eating anything and everything I wanted with no restrictions (though I was maintaining a very healthy running level of 50-70 miles per week). I unfortunately never lost weight on IF but I never gave it an honest shot and now I’m actually getting to my point…

The only diet/exercise plan that you need is one that reduces your consumption and that you can execute consistently. Period. Look at the twinkie diet. All he really did was analyze the calories needed to lose weight based on his BMR and then he STUCK TO IT! To use myself as an example again, I went through a period where my breakfast everyday was two huge cups of fat filled coffee (coconut oil, butter, and heavy cream – DAMN KETO IS AWESOME!) but I tracked it and worked it consistently day after day after day after day after day after…..

Everyone wants to tell you that their way is the best. I suppose I kind of do too but just to say that sticking to it is the only thing you need to do. We want an easy answer sooooo badly in life and health gurus are there to give you that easy answer. Trust me, there is a reason I’ve tried so many different dieting techniques. The hard thing for me to learn was that there are no easy answers. Intellectually we all know this but you have to be honest enough to admit that it’s gonna be hard, devote the time and energy (if you have it, not everyone is as lucky as I am to have that time) and follow through.

So then you have to ask yourself “are the details important?” Of course the answer is…”it depends” but honestly, the detail that is most pressing is “how important is this to me?” Once you answer that you can really start making changes.

Below is my current Garmin Connect data from the last 7 months. Only thing I’ve been doing is tracking weight loss, monitoring the things I’m eating, and shifting from less fast food to more prepared meals of the slightly lower carb variety. Recently my wife and I went from really sloppy/lazy prepared meals to more variety and “healthier” options and I think this has led to the big results in weight loss in the last 2 months. This is actually the first time I’m losing a significant amount of weight without tracking anything in really fine detail. If you asked me my calories or macros I may be able to give you a rough estimate but that’s about it

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~ by gafoo on March 2, 2017.

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