Setting Up And Tweaking The Macros

Recently, someone asked me about how to set up their macronutrients. It seems that losing a bunch of weight makes people think you know a little something about how to lose weight.

Go figure.

Anyway, I said I’d write about it, so here we go.

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Why All The Weight Loss Posts?

I’ve been writing a lot about diet and weight loss lately, and I thought it would be a good time to talk a little bit about why a site ostensibly about embracing one’s warrior essence is talking about low-calorie diets.

Because, apparently, not everyone gets it.

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The Unexpected Struggles Of Eating Right

My son has decided to change his eating habits. This is a wonderful thing because while he’s tall, he’s also horribly obese. When we got him on the scale a couple of days ago, he was just a couple of pounds shy of being morbidly obese.

So changing what and how he eats is a great thing.

We sat down and worked out his calories and his macronutrients and yesterday he started. Because I do the cooking most of the time, he had a pretty clean diet for the day.

In the process, he ran into an unexpected difficulty.

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Why The Easy Way Out, Usually Isn’t

A lot of the time, difficult things just suck.

When you like the difficulty, we tend to call it “challenging,” but when you don’t like it, we just gripe about how much it sucks. Don’t like doing your taxes (and how doesn’t)? Then it’s just a pain.

Because of this, we tend to like the easy way out whenever we can find one.

However, when it comes to health and training, the easy way out usually isn’t.

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Weight Loss Journey Part 2: Switching Foods

When I wrote about my basic diet tips a few weeks ago, I suggested sticking with the foods you already eat. The reason for that was because it becomes a little easier to adjust to the changes simply because you’re still within your comfort zone.

However, as you proceed down this path, you’re going to have to change what you’re eating. The reason is very simple. After a while, you just aren’t going to get enough food eating some stuff.

That means it’s going to be time to adjust your eating.

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Taking The First Step On Your Weight Loss Journey

Yesterday, I wrote about my before and after pics. Yes, I’m very proud of them, and I like to think I have a damn good reason to be proud of them.

To start with, though, I shared them on Facebook. This led to a lot of people mentioning to me they wanted to start along a similar path, but the trouble was just getting started.

Of course, I offered to help in any way that I could because, well, this is a great damn feeling and I want everyone to get to enjoy it as well. I genuinely want to help these folks. They’re friends. You help your friends.

But I also realized something later. A lot of these people want to start but part of the problem is that maybe they’re intimidated by the idea. Maybe it’s something else. Who knows? I’m not going to judge.

Instead, I decided to step up and come up with a few bits of quick advice to help folks get started from a standstill and maybe make their own awesome before and after pics!

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Before And After

As you can see from the above photo, there’s a fat guy on the left and a not-so-fat guy on the right.

Well, that’s me.

Yeah, big damn difference, isn’t it? Then again, 50 lbs is a whole lot of weight. By anyone’s measure, it’s good.

So let’s talk a little bit about what happened with all of this, shall we?

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When Their Dogma Runs Over Their Karma

While I’m not writing as much here as I did in the past, it’s because I’ve been busy with other kinds of writing. For example, I finished a fantasy novel just before New Years that include a lot of the principles you’ve seen here. I’ve also been busy with the day job, which is writing.

But writing doesn’t take all day. I just can’t do it all day, even.

That means I spend far too much time on social media, and there I often see the dogmatic nature of so many who are trying to lose weight.

What I often see is an almost dogmatic approach to weight loss where what they do is easily the bestest option possible.

And it’s dumb.

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I’ve Now Lost 33 Pounds, And It’s Been An Education

This morning, I hopped on the scale for my official weigh-in. It’s kind of my Sunday morning ritual, though I’m actually on the scale first thing every morning. However, I only record it once per week.

The reason for that is that you can see fluctuations from day to day and they can seriously mess with you if you’re not careful. That’s why I set a given day to count as “official.”

I always weigh myself in my underwear right after I’ve voided any waste my body stored overnight. That way, I can be as consistent as possible and not have variations caused by water, food, or clothing.

Anyway, I hopped on the scale today and looked at the weight. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but I’d recorded a one pound weight loss. I put my clothes back on and head to my laptop. I keep a spreadsheet with all my weights on it. I also record my body fat measurement as a way to also gauge my progress.

Today, I hit the 33 pounds lost mark, and I figured it was a hell of a time to talk about some of the stuff I’ve learned over the last six months of losing weight.

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