You are a special snowflake

You are a special snowflake

When my main source of nutritional information was magazines like Men’s Health, I tried every diet imaginable in order to gain weight or to lose it. “Fats are bad”, so I decreased my fat intake. “Just saturated fats are bad”: best indulge on some avocados and peanut butter. “No wait, you should skip the carbs”: okay, so no more bread for me. Though not every diet gave me the best results, they did work in terms of scale weight. What I also noticed was that without fats, I felt more hungry even though I just ate a large meal. I could go some while without >100 grams of carbohydrates, but I would end up lethargic from eating just protein and fats.

In the end, I found that I perform best on 200 grams of protein, 80 grams of fat and the carbohydrates for my remaining intake. I don’t need a fancy diet, I need moderation when I am trying to lose weight, and to eat a little extra when I am trying to gain. I found out what works best for me by trying a lot of extremes. Years of interest in nutrition and exercise taught me that me that everything in life should be treated as an experiment.

Derek Sivers states in Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans:

“Treat life as a series of experiments.”

Or similarly, by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

By making adjustments to what you are doing right now, tracking the results over time and examining afterwards, you learn how your body responds to a certain stimulus. By changing behaviour based on these tests, you make small increments in improving yourself. Whenever you ask yourself: “Should I squat once a week, twice a week, daily?” the only appropriate answer I reckon should be: “Try them all!”. In exercise, consistency is key. You need volume for bodily adaptation, but how much? In that sense, everybody is a special snowflake. Find out what works for you.

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