I’ve found myself in a coincidence of circumstance lately regarding the topic of counting calories. Specifically, the angle that counting calories are wrong because the numbers aren’t factual.
To be clear, I appreciate a voice of reason and accuracy in the scientific community. When we quibble over details, it means a lot towards statements like “statistical significance.” I have no problem with attaining better methods, new approaches, or debunking old ones. People studying the research aren’t wrong in finding flaws in the exact caloric count. Doing your job well and reporting on inaccuracies isn’t the issue. Discouraging the average dieter trying to change their life while attacking everything they’ve been doing…well….
The problem is when inaccuracies are overblown for clickbait or selling a different (and always equally as flawed/statistically sketchy) method. Again the pattern emerges (quite frequently in the health industry) that your efforts are useless or even a compulsive disorder but “look at our method over here.” The calorie as we know it is dead—useless. If you take part in ranking those numbers, you’re doing it wrong, or so they say.
Spoiler 1: The average assessment of caloric content is erroneous.
Spoiler 2: Being obsessive about the numbers wasn’t the answer to your body composition problems in the first place.
Spoiler 3: There are 101 ways and plans to make changes in your diet that have nothing to do with knowledge of calories, but it doesn’t make it a meaningless or destructive knowledge to obtain. More
“At this point in my life…” What a daunting statement begging for problems from the onset. How angry we get when we have not reached the expectation of our own foreshadowing. What an arbitrary gauge we guide through.
How do we measure progress? How do we quantify the work we do on a daily basis to improve our lives or our goals? Part of my job has been to answer those questions. To help people see their growth, even if in the midst of perceived failure or confusion. In this line of work, you help people in short stints of time. Even a year or two in our lives becomes a blink as we age. When someone says, “What do you do to help people?” I often think, “Progress. I help them see progress, judge progress, rate progress. I help people progress.” More
I was a prolific reader when I was a kid. In elementary school, they used to give you these coupons to get pizza if you read required books. You’d sit at what are now considered archaic computers and answer multiple choice questions to prove you know it. When all is finished, you’d have a button and coupon for a pan pizza. I would have read them without the pizza but, incentive via pan crust? C’mon.
At that age, I started having trouble with getting my letters confused and my hands would get tired when writing. I’d leave words out of sentences. I had a problem with pronouncing things, remember names and dates. It wasn’t anything on the level of needing special help. I was still an AG student and did the best I could but I’d have problems with phonics, and certain things took me away from the A+ life.
I found myself sitting on curbside bound couches that smelled of urine and bourbon explaining what I do for a living. I still can’t come up with a 10 second tagline to satisfy the question, “What do you do?” I don’t know. I really don’t have a clue what I do. I argue with people on the internet on a regular basis. I earn what entrepreneurs call a “passive income” on the internet. I smell like whiskey too much but I’m really positive about it. There’s hardly a sport I’m not at least mediocre at but I’d rather have my hands covered in blisters from my guitar or charcoal from my sketch pad. However, I have one hell of deadlift. More
There is a lot to cover and I have a tendency to be tl;dr, so here is the condensed version.
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For those of you who would like to help, my podcast would benefit the most from being downloaded and reviewed through iTunes. My goal is to be featured in the New & Noteworthy section in the iTunes Store. In short, the more downloads I get in a short period of time, the more of a shot I have to make the list. It’s not a guarantee, but you’d be helping my chances.
I care very much about the ethics of reviews so I’ll simply say if you like what you hear and it helps you, it would be great if you could leave a few words. I’d appreciate it.
I wanted to change the atmosphere of what you normally hear on lifestyle design podcasts and do something different. The majority of people who teach and educate on becoming a fitter person or “happier” person, often miss out on the actual research and critical thought it takes to be knowledgeable on these subjects. What we often end up having are marketers masquerading as experts. I’m all for being successful but not at the cost of the information. Too often, the people who have something to say aren’t on the platform or audience level desired. We are certainly seeing this play out throughout this recent political cycle.
What makes us happy? What defines success for each of us? More