I just had an email from Petra in the US who got awesome results following the Fat Loss Action Blueprint.
We were talking about calories and how many calories were in a particular recipe in 'Cooking For The Fitness Lifestyle'.
I used to think calorie counting was the key to fat loss.
However, whilst it is useful as a guide especially for those who have no idea what to eat or how much for fat loss, consider the following....
When you look at a recipe and it says it contains 350 calories how can you accurately replicate that when all eggs are different sizes?
I include calorie amounts in the cookbook as a guide but clearly it's not going to be 100% as your eggs may be bigger than mine!
If you have found out you should eat 300 calories 5/6 times per day to burn body fat, what happens if you walk up an extra 10 flights of stairs a few times that day because you're at a conference and the lift is broken?
What if it's 10 degrees colder and you are shivering more - should you adjust for summer and winter?
What if you have some labouring to do at home because you're doing up your porch?
What if your wife helps you with the labouring on Saturday but has to take the kids to a party the next day?
What if you play a better football team this week than last week so you have to run around more and work harder?
What if you have a physical job like a fireman? Some days you'll be sat down a lot because fortunately no-one needs you help. Other days you could be in action for 5-6 hours in a row. What do you do then? Are you going to whip out your scales and have an extra half an egg whilst you heroically hoist Mrs Jones out of her top floor window to make up for it?
What if Mrs Jones has packed on some pounds at Christmas, tripped over the fairy lights and sparked that fire. She weighs more than she did in November so it's going to require greater exertion to get her out - are you going to have to carbo load when you get back to the station?
I think you get the point!
It is physically impossible to accurately calculate how many calories you need each and every day so I really suggest you don't bother once you have gained insight into how big a meal size should be using estimates from reliable sources.
This is a perfect example of how many people spend so much time trying to create the perfect nutrition or training plan when they would be better off just getting the kettlebells out and beasting themselves.
The calories then take care of themselves!
This is the basis of the forthcoming Intense Conditioning program - worry about what matters!
Use high, low, no carb days in a cycle to trick your body into dropping body fat.
Eat clean, natural food.
You can't fail to get results.