I deplore the 2 most common methods to assess "progress".
- The food scale
- The human scale
I started as a counter years ago when I went onto paleo....but I will die before I put my beloved steak on a food scale again.
My main problems with it, for me, is this:
-- It does not leave room for insanity, or extreme efforts. I mean if I fast for 2 days, what exactly should I be setting my cals up to after? If I hike 30 miles for the hell of it, take a swim in 55 degree water (a cal is just heat), or decide that I will be eating nothing but rabbit and cold raw potatoes for the weekend?
For me, taking my diet and fitness by the "project" or "mission" is much more effective than measuring stuff out every day. For me, that is not a sustainable strategy. I travel often, must eat out, camp a lot, etc. I would say perhaps 50% of my meals are made at HOME, then eaten immediately. Often I make huge piles of meat and eat it over several days. Think cooking up 3 whole chickens at the same time, a 6lb Boston Butt (tonight), or deciding that for the weekend I will be eating nothing but lamb shanks and green peppers.
I have found that my "mission" approach is either 1) crazy to the "ounce counters" or 2) very normal to athletes
In general, I consult people with that in mind; extreme enthusiasm and pride in your discipline will beat regimentation every time, over the long haul. For some that isn't possible, but I have found it to be preferable.
I like to play games, make scenarios for my dieting. It's much more fun, and my friends find it entertaining.
"Why didn't you eat yesterday?"
"Oh, I am in a famine right now. No meat for the past 3 days, only greens.....but we are migrating to better food sources. Tomorrow I am going to attempt eating a 5lb grass-fed roast in one sitting. We had to hike 20 miles first though. That bitch was heavy."
"You are so comfortable in your weirdness it is kind of spooky."
"Thanks. Next weekend we find a fruit pasture."
Keeps it fun, and been able to do it for a few years now. The results are proof enough?
"They now look to a single and splendid government of an aristocracy, founded on banking institutions, and moneyed incorporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures, commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry." - Thomas Jefferson, 1826