At the end of September last year, I put an end to my obsession with tracking my meals.
I had been experimenting with diet and nutrition for nine months prior and decided it was time to test out whether I could take what I'd learned and synthesize it into a simple set of guidelines for eating clean that I could follow indefinitely with minimal effort. Read More
The end goal for my diet-related experiments has always been to eventually come up with a way of eating that not only optimizes health and performance, but is also truly sustainable in the long-term. Read More
I’ve been tracking my meals consistently for the past nine months, and I can honestly say that the habit has completely changed the way I look at food.
The more commonly used term for food tracking is “calorie counting”, but I avoid using that term since calories really shouldn't be the focus when deciding on what to eat. Instead the focus should be put on food quality and macronutrient content, which I’ll get into later.
Below are five reasons (from obvious to less obvious) why I think tracking your food — for even a brief period of time — can have a profound impact on the way you eat. Read More
We seem to be at an interesting time in history for human nutrition.
In the 1980's, the USDA declared that eating a diet low in fat was the healthy way to go, and most of world followed. This has led to a massive 30+ year experiment on low-fat, high-carb diets that is still ongoing. Read More
After gaining a respectable 2.2 kg of muscle and only 0.2 kg of fat in July by adding white rice to my formerly-low-carb routine, I decided to see what would happen to this weight-gain experiment if I replaced the rice with pasta instead. Read More
It's been one month since I started my Rice Bulking Experiment. The goal here is to learn how to spend minimal time and effort to gain weight and muscle mass while staying lean.
The reason I'm calling this a "rice bulk" is because I've been using white rice to make up for the increase in calories I need on top of my formerly-low-carb diet. White rice is inexpensive and easy to prepare in large batches. This has allowed me to keep the rest of my weekly routine relatively consistent in terms of meal prep. Read More
Back in May, I had planned on exploring weight gain, but my ridiculous cholesterol levels following my six-pack experiment gave me pause. Before embarking on an experiment that would require me to overeat for a prolonged period of time, I figured it would be best to first experiment more with my diet and get my cholesterol levels back down to levels where doctors don’t freak out. Read More
After my six-pack in three months experiment, I’ve had quite a few people come to me asking for advice on how to burn fat. Rather than send a list of tips and suggestions to people individually, I figured it would be more efficient to direct people to this article that you are reading now. Read More
Earlier this week, I went to get a blood test to see how things have changed since going on a low-carb, high-fat diet for four months and reaching 10% body fat in the process. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life, so the results from the blood test surprised me. Read More
During my fat burning experiment to get a six pack in three months, I was able to explore the effectiveness of a low-carb diet with limited exercise. Looking at the results, it would seem that going low-carb is definitely a great way to go if fat loss is your goal. But as often is the case, things are never quite so simple. While discussing the six pack experiment with a friend of mine, he asked an interesting question:
Could it be that a low-carb diet works simply because you are restricting what you eat and eating fewer calories as a result? Read More