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5 More Reasons to Track Your Food Intake, Calories, & Macros

Computer screens don’t laugh at your penis and poop jokes.

That’s the main reason I still work with clients in da gym, and don’t spend all of my time writing online.

A second reason is that there are some hot chicks that work at my gym.

A third reason is that you get to learn about some of the real problems people face in their fitness efforts, try to come up with practical solutions, test and assess and refine your methods, and see how the advice you are giving (both online and off) ultimately impacts people’s real world results.

Some of the writers who devote their whole day, career, life, and afterlife to pontificating about fitness just don’t know what is going on in the Suit-to-Spandex Streets baby.  Off the glossy magazine pages and outside academic circle jerks, busy professionals are struggling to find sustainable fat loss plans.

One of the biggest obstacles people face is figuring out how to integrate an optimized fat loss diet into an overall lifestyle plan. In non-geeky terms, how to get and stay lean without becoming a crazy obsessed fitness person that freaks out if they can’t get tuna or protein shakes every 2.5 hours.

This dietary dilemma on top of career craziness is leading to frustration, struggle, poor results, and people laughing less at my above mentioned penis and poop jokes.  Here’s a quick test to see if you are over-stressed.  Does this photo make you laugh, or sit there stone-faced?

what can your poop tell you

Maybe you’ve grown up too much my friend. Take it down a notch.

PLANS ON PAPER VS. REAL-WORLD RESULTS

While its cool to TALK about living like a caveman, or to HAVE a calculus looking, bio-hacking diet strategy, its even cooler to TAKE the real-world steps necessary to actually reach your physique goals.

And bat shit crazy stuff can work in the short-term, but it rarely sticks as a long-term plan when you have one of those meaningless things called a life.  You know, social shindigs, a significant other, business dinners, hobbies, travel hassle, etc.

So a few weeks ago – damn man, time’s flying – I posted up an article and video about food, calorie, and macronutrient tracking.  I talked about who I thought should do it, when it is useful, why its not just for crazy fitness competitors, and how it can help beginners get started making more informed food choices, etc.

If you missed it, here’s da original post: When and How You Should Track Your Food Intake, Calories, and Macros.

Since that time, I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with a few of my friends and private clients.  Once they stopped whining about doing something useful rather than looking for the next magic pill, they were stoked about what tracking taught them about implementing practical weight loss strategies in the real world.

They were even more stoked when they discovered that gaining a little nutrition knowledge, empowerment, and a tool to increase dietary flexibility yielded some pretty quick physique results.

Here are five fantastic reasons you should get on the rails of a tracking train: Read the rest of this entry