The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs

Eat when you’re hungry. Dieting teaches us that we should ignore our hunger, that it is a personality deficit we should overcome and overpower, that it will “adjust” and we will “get used to it.” No. I can trust my hunger. My body is telling me that I need more energy. It’s not a trickContinue reading “The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs”

Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness

The folks at Stronger By Science, with support from lots of other evidence-based folks I admire and trust (Danny Lennon and Jeff Nippard amongst them), released their food tracking app Macrofactor last week. With a free 2 week trial, I have given it a whirl, not because I’m likely to start tracking my food regularly,Continue reading “Reblog: Food Tracking and the Allure of Mathiness”

Reblog: “Curiosity is the antidote to judgment,” Balance 365 Life Radio, Ep #188–To Lose Weight You Need to Get Honest With Yourself

Do you see yourself as anti-diet but still believe you’d be more comfortable in a smaller body? Do you have physique goals or weight goals for your lifting sport, but you know that traditional strategies (macro counting, food plans, bulking and cutting cycles, etc.) don’t work for you in a sustainable, healthy way? The ladiesContinue reading “Reblog: “Curiosity is the antidote to judgment,” Balance 365 Life Radio, Ep #188–To Lose Weight You Need to Get Honest With Yourself”

“Do you really need to know your energy balance total?” Barbell Medicine, Ep. 176: Determining Calorie Intake Part II

I said it yesterday, but it’s worth repeating–learning about how our bodies work and the truth about calories and energy balance can help us to deprogram from diet culture and learn to have a healthier relationship with food and our bodies in the long run. Of course, the thoughts we have when we consume thisContinue reading ““Do you really need to know your energy balance total?” Barbell Medicine, Ep. 176: Determining Calorie Intake Part II”

“If you think calories-in-calories-out is simple, you need to do more research,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #175: Determining Calorie Intake Part 1

An important part of deprogramming ourselves from diet culture is learning the facts and reassessing the “rules” we may have been taught about calories, body fat, and food. If you are interested in a good primer on calories–what they are, what it means scientifically and how our bodies use them–this is a good resource. IContinue reading ““If you think calories-in-calories-out is simple, you need to do more research,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #175: Determining Calorie Intake Part 1″

“The tools we’ve been given are terrible and do not work,” Balance 365, Ep. 218: 3 Ways Smart Women Lose Weight

So, first things first–I know that a lot of folks are looking for fat loss, and I’m a big believer in bodily autonomy–we all get to decide what is right for us and our bodies and our lives. AND I wish they’d titled this one something like “3 Ways Smart Women Adopt Healthy Habits,” orContinue reading ““The tools we’ve been given are terrible and do not work,” Balance 365, Ep. 218: 3 Ways Smart Women Lose Weight”

On egg yolks, direct and indirect measures of success

Does the color of your egg yolks bring you joy? I admit, a deep orangey-yellow glow in the center of a clear, uncloudy albumen makes me happy. The color of an egg yolk is influenced by the diet of the hen. Pasture-raised hens with access to a wider variety of feeds, who hunt and peckContinue reading “On egg yolks, direct and indirect measures of success”

#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps

I love bodybuilding; I hate diet culture. How do I square that circle? How can I connect with a culture that is all about totally superficial, physical features while abhorring societal norms that narrowly define acceptable bodies? My discussion of the strategies and philosophies of bodybuilding prep diets can give you a window into howContinue reading “#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps”

#TBT: Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?

I admit, I still want The Golden Unicorn of personal physique change–losing fat while gaining muscle for dramatic body recomposition! But alas, the results from this sort of effort are apparently rarely satisfying once we’ve gotten beyond newbie status. Which means accepting a certain amount of body fat increase, at least temporarily, while we workContinue reading “#TBT: Is Fear of Fat Keeping You From Your Goals?”

“There’s definitely a false equivalency,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #429: Kevin Hall, PhD & Stephan Guyenet, PhD – Carbohydrate-Insulin Model vs. Energy Balance Model

Do you think carbs are bad for you or inherently fattening? When you feel an urgency to change your physique, are carbs the first thing to go from your plate? Do you worry about the glycemic load of your carbohydrate choices, carefully weighing the pros and cons of a baked potato versus pasta? We areContinue reading ““There’s definitely a false equivalency,” Sigma Nutrition Radio #429: Kevin Hall, PhD & Stephan Guyenet, PhD – Carbohydrate-Insulin Model vs. Energy Balance Model”