Thursday, January 05, 2012

12 Changes For 2012 - #4 - Track Your Intake

Most people do not plan to eat poorly. I don't think much planning goes into most meals at all. The vast majority of mine are completely spontaneous and given less thought than what I'm going to wear to work in the morning. With this overly-familiar lack of forethought, we wander through a haze of  blissful uncertainty, hoping we eat something remotely nutritional but as least destructive as possible.

One day (shortly after my dearest bride advised that I would soon need to upgrade to larger pants due to the continued growth of my waistline) I made the unusual decision to start tracking my food intake. I picked a simple, easy-to-use website and diligently recorded all my meals. At the end of the month all the data revealed that... ...low and behold... ...I usually consuming far too much fat, way too many carbs, and not nearly enough protein. A poor diet, indeed. Suitable for one thing: packing on layers of blubber.

It didn't take too long to make adjustments, once I knew what to avoid and what was providing good quality fuel for Ye Ol' Guns. Some interesting discoveries: lamb is loaded with protein, fried anything is as fatty as it is delicious, and you can eat as many carrots or celery sticks as you like without concern for your gut.

The moral of today's tip: Pick an internet site that appeals to you, track your intake, and use it to gauge what you're doing to your body. Cut back on the bad stuff. Have an extra serving of the good stuff. And if you over-do it a bit, some extra situps will keep the hounds at bay. If you're anything like me, you'll be amaze to see how quickly the numbers add up. And the reason you've been getting thicker will become all too apparent.

Here's a list of sites. They're all good. Pick the one that you find easiest to use:

Once you know what you're consuming, you can see where to make adjustments. And I will offer you one final spoiler: the stuff you love the most is also doing the most damage. There, you've been warned.

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