Why Tracking Calories Is Essential For Anyone With Physique Goals

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Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 08:44
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgZU4YCO8N0&feature=youtu.be

Thought this was a great video explaining why calorie tracking is so important.


Edit: thought I would add a video on Intermittent Fasting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=S8FRuXJuImM&NR=1
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eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:18
That was interesting. But I think many people can learn to track their eating habits in the same way. I found for me that tracking protein intake was more important and easier to mess up than calories.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:24
You can create a pleasing physique with simple portion control and exercise, but you will never be in full control of how much you gain/lose. If you're ok with that, then by all means, but for the people who want to maximize their results and know exactly why they are succeeding, tracking calories is the only way.

On the subject of protein>calories, I don't know what to say.......
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eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:39
The issue with protein is that it is easy to be getting only as much protein as you need for day-to-day life. Cutting down on my portions to lose weight meant that I had cut down on my protein to less than optimal, and my recovery from long walks (the only exercise I was getting at that time) was not very good. I was tired much of the time, which stopped when I increased my protein.

But when I added free weights and running is when I really crashed. I needed to eat a lot more protein to do that.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:46
Carbs would be optimal for energy, protein will get converted into glucose(carbs) for energy when their is a very low amount of carbs.

The rest of your post makes no sense to me. Calorie restriction is necessary for weight loss. If you believe more protein is needed, simply raise the percentage of protein you're getting.
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:49
All the talk of protein makes me believe you're on a low carb diet if not, disregard. Either way, this is another good video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4NvjIC-AA8&feature=channel&list=UL
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eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 09:59
Fat is a good energy source, too. Protein can be used as energy, but it is less efficient. As an older woman, I don't eat all that many calories to begin with. Reducing them meant I was not getting enough protein from the normal mix of food. Tracking calories on this site meant I was able to see where the problem was.

The physical fatigue I was feeling was not like being low in energy. Increasing my carbs would have displaced protein from my diet even more. As it was, I have difficulty getting my protein into the recommended range for people who exercise. You can read my exploration on a blog I covered this on. http://dietswork.org
Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 10:12
http://mennohenselmans.com/the-myth-of-1glb-optimal-protein-intake-for-bodybuilders/

You only really need about .64 g of protein per lb. of lean bodyweight. I weigh about 176 now and my lean mass is probably around 150lbs if not less. I only need about 96grams per day. I get that much easily, even with a high amount of fats and carbs while still restricting calories.
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eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 11:18
I wasn't getting anywhere near that amount of protein. For my body it wasn't nearly enough. For me, that is a high percentage of my intake and makes for a very boring diet.
Nimm

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 12:22
Jason knows his stuff pretty well; glad to see a link to his video here.

No quarrel with the content either, and I like the way he framed it - if you want to manipulate your body composition, tracking calories and macros isn't necessary, but you'll leave less up to chance if you do. It just depends on your comfort level with imprecision.

My wife and I are good examples - I track my diet closely, and she doesn't. She relies more on her satiety and some general strategies for food choices - and it works for her. Tracking calories would have made the process faster, but she was fine with the tradeoff.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 12:33
Yeah, I simply count calories. Getting the macros the same every time was more of a headache than I want at this time. Getting great results.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
Neptunebch

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Posted: 20 Nov 2012, 12:19
I watched the IF video and am doing it now. Glad to have something to try to make my life better. About 6 hours to go in my very first IF. Thanks for this post.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 20 Nov 2012, 17:59
Neptunebch wrote:
I watched the IF video and am doing it now. Glad to have something to try to make my life better. About 6 hours to go in my very first IF. Thanks for this post.


Nice, it is tough at first and don't worry about breaking it early on occasion, nothing wrong with that. Good luck!
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 09:46
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cJjOYkQU58w#!

Great video!
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.



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