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April 07, 2008

Why Diets Fail (part III)

Not understanding macronutrients - I can't name how many times some one tells me, "Yea, TFG, I'm dieting now too."  But when I ask them about the details of their diet plan, I get the 'deer in the headlights' look.

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Some will mumble something about eating less or reducing fat or counting calories.  Others just hold their breath until I go away.

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I don't mean to put people on the spot.  I'm just curious to what other people are doing to lose weight.  I might want to give it a try.

However, I am concerned about the number of people that diet without taking the time to learn something as basic as macronutrients.  I didn't understand it when I got started either, but I took the time to figure it out.

For those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, the human body needs something in the neighborhood of 40 different types of nutrients.  The three that we need in the largest amounts are referred to as macronutrients.  They are proteins, carbs, and fats.

Oh...yeah...you know those terms.  But do you really?  Say carbs to some people and they get all insistent about carbs being bad.

Now while there are bad carbs, not all carbs are bad.  Let's look at carbs for a moment. 

Carbs are mostly used for 'right now energy'.  What we don't use, we store.  Some gets stored in the liver and our muscles...the rest is stored as fat.

OH NO!  TFG, YOU JUST SAID CARBS WERE GOOD!  NOW YOU ARE TELLING ME THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MY FAT!!!  WHAT SORT OF HACK PUNDINT ARE YOU??

To that I say, calm the heck down.  While most of our diet needs to be from carbs...they need to be spaced out so they are available when we need them....and we don't end up storing so much.  Plus, you need to choose your carbs carefully.  Sure you could eat a bowl of sugar....but I wouldn't.  The good people at Spark People did a really good article on carbohydrates that I'm not even going to try to compete with.  I'll just provide a link.

The Truth About Carbohydrates

While you are chewing on that, let's talk about fat.  You could say that 'fat' is my middle name..Token FAT Guy.

Some fat is good.  Good fats are good.  And despite what you might read elsewhere, fat is the preferred fuel source for your muscles...not carbs.  Carbs are just mobilized faster.  I know I've said it before, but this is why I take a small amount of carbs before my workouts.  It gives me something to burn until my fat stores can give up their bounty of stored up energy.

The best resource I've found on fat can be found at this link.

Understanding Fat Can Save Your Life

Which leaves us with protein.  While we have seen people over react to carbs and fats, people don't tend to freak out over protein.  Worst I've ever heard of is some unfounded fears over kidney damage.

NOTE:  People with pre-existing kidney problems need to be careful about high protein diets.  However, millions of healthy athletes enjoy the benefits of high protein...including me.

So, you think I have a decent link on protein?  You bet I do.

Understanding Protein and Its Importance

With this information you have a basic understanding of macronutrients. 

Lack of Progress Report

No progress for me this past week.  Not expecting it either.  I've been promising myself a week off from dieting and working out....and last week was it.  Normally I take a week or two off between Body For Life challenges...but the last few, I just went straight from one challenge right into the next.  So I was way overdue for a rest.

I did workout some...but to be honest, I phoned it in.  Just wanted to keep my body moving. 

This morning I knew it was time to face the music....at the weigh-in.  Did I show a gain...yep.  But it was almost all in muscle and water.  In fact my body fat percentage went down a bit.  And really, that's all I care about.  The new water weight is likely to fall off in the next few days and I'll get a true number for my end of the week weigh-in.

Those of you that have been reading my blog for the last few weeks might remember that I recently maxed out my Bowflex when doing the bench press.  So I ordered the upgrade package.  The new power rods came in last week, but didn't have any instructions on how to mount them.  After fiddling with it for about 15 minutes, I called the support line and found out that I needed the add-on box as well.  Sort of a hassle, but its only $5....so that should be showing up early this week. 

Technical Stupids

It sounds like a great idea.  External USB hard drive....yeah!  Heck they even bought a bunch of them for us at work.  I liked mine so much I bought one for my computer at home.  I've got my music collection on it, TFG backups, pictures....and still have lots of room for more. 

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I had it for about 6 months or so.  Now I've hear from a number of my coworkers that their drives have all been breaking.  Still, I haven't had any problem from mine.  So I really didn't think much about it. 

Then last week, mine died.  No warning...it just stopped.  After doing some research on it, I found that what's been going wrong on these things is the controller board that allows you to connect a normal IDE drive as a USB device.  So I cracked open the case on my dead 'My Book', retrieved the IDE drive inside it, and put it in my computer as a secondary master (moving my DVD drive to secondary slave). 

Lucky me, the drive itself was fine.  My files were all there and now I have more desk space since I don't have the external box anymore. 

Did I have backups of this data?  Of course I did...but I hate to monkey with restoring data.

Anyway...if you have one of these Western Digital 'My Books'...do yourself a favor and get your data off that thing before its too late.

That's about it for this week.  Remember to drink plenty of water....

Drinkup2 

Oh...Spark People readers be sure to check out the homepage to get your zombie fix.

www.TokenFatGuy.com

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi TFG..I always get this rush of optimism when I've read your blog. A real life person who has tackled the weight and lost it. I'm going to look into the links you put on the blog. I hadn't really heard that much about macronutrients. Ok..well thanks again. See you at SP. lollipop62

April 7, 2008 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there TFG!

So glad to get in on your reads. Being gone for more than I planned really did some damage to my diet, weight loss, well let's be real even my motovation. I had some fun and bad times during this 2 week period and now I am ready for it to be kicked into high gear again. I am however realistic slow and easy per body and Dr. orders (more body than Dr.) Thanks for a wonderful read and plenty of new ammo I am armed and ready. Sir, yes, Sir! Thanx to you!!!!

Katt1971
aka Crystal from SP

April 20, 2008 at 9:23 AM  

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