I spent months tracking my calories to get a handle on what my maintenance ACTUALLY was, instead of what an online calculator estimated it SHOULD BE. And while I know metabolism isn't static, mine has always been very low. At my most active (walking 1+hrs/day plus 3 days of heavy lifting), I could maintain around 1,400. A 20% deficit would have put me around 1,120 calories/day. With less activity, it likely is more like 1,000 or less.
Has anyone read marks post: Ancient Wisdom Confirmed by Modern Science | Mark's Daily Apple
If i am reading it correctly, it states that your body will maintain a healthy weight for you if your calories are clean. If you eat 2000 "bad" calories you will get fat. If you eat 2000 "good" calories, you body will maintain weight.
If a thread has 20 pages of debating and 5 pages of whatever, the thread was useful.
I don't try to make it personal, I just respond to the negative tone that's behind your posts
If you're bored, I recommend that you entertain yourself somehow.
Everything is bad for something - How do you feel today?
Mark did a great post a while back called "17 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight" number eight of which was a concise and to the point, "You're eating too much."
"8. You’re eating too much.
Low-carb isn’t magic. It reins in wild hunger and tames insulin, but calories do still matter – especially once you approach your ideal weight. In fact, those last few pounds often don’t respond to the same stuff that worked so well to get you to this point. Eating nut butter by the spoonful and hunks of cheese without regard for caloric content may have gotten you this far, but you’ve got to tighten things up if things aren’t working. And that’s the real test, isn’t it? There is a metabolic advantage to eating according to the PB, but if the weight isn’t coming off, something’s up – and calories may need to come down."
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Lowered metabolism is just a fact of weight loss you have to deal with. An obese/overweight person is going to burn more calories than a slim person, when you lose weight you require less to maintain. There's also no "proper evolutionary macro ratios", humans have subsisted on wide array of macro ratios all over the world.
Reading it doesn't make it so. In practice, it's a fail. The funny thing is that fallacy comes up in veganism a lot. (Eat vegan foods, you never need to track a calorie again). Eating whole, clean foods = an awesome idea. Eating as much as you want may lead some people to gain weight especially when you add in calorie dense foods like fatty meats.If i am reading it correctly, it states that your body will maintain a healthy weight for you if your calories are clean. If you eat 2000 "bad" calories you will get fat. If you eat 2000 "good" calories, you body will maintain weight.
You can be very healthy on small amounts of food. I imagine it is somewhat genetically driven.... and truth be told, I have trouble imagining that at any time until the past maybe 100 years that people had access to 2000 or more calories a day consisently. .