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Do you or do you not count calories and what is your estimated bodyfat?

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Created March 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Curious more than anything. Moving away from any grain for a month, no matter how sprouted it is! Not tracking during the transition but curious if anyone who is athletically lean does.

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on March 29, 2010
at 07:21 PM

Well, I do sprint one to three days a week on my off lifting days, and I lift 3 - 4 days a week, so powerlifting isn't the only thing I do, but it is the biggie. I'll do 5 - 10 minutes of sprints after 5 minutes of warming up, and then I'll walk it off for another 10 - 20. I like to trail run, so usually the walk is however long it takes me to get to the end of the trail.

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on March 29, 2010
at 01:32 PM

When I used to CKD, I'd tie-off Friday night for the carb up and just get so sleepy from the hormone response. I'm curious if even a little bit gives a low level response in a similar manner.

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on March 29, 2010
at 06:46 AM

does that include lifting children regularly?

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on March 29, 2010
at 03:18 AM

Interesting. Robb Wolf always mentions that if you lift heavy sh*t and don't do met-con/cardio -- one can get seriously lean.

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on March 29, 2010
at 03:18 AM

Good idea to experiment. If you can tolerate it, go for it. Me, personally, I can feel the difference after one bolus of wheat (e.g. delicious pizza) -- I am likely to get a migraine within 24 hours. However, I am the extreme outlier. Most people are NOT like me.

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at 02:03 AM

Patrik, Very good observations. I'm doing this mostly because of Robb Wolf's decidedly un-dogmatic notion of remove grain, see if you feel better or add it back in and see if you feel worse. No magic, no voodoo, just body awareness. It's sometimes, SOMETIMES, hard not to get so nit picky when nearing single digit bodyfat (I'm in the 10% neighborhood myself).

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I don't count calories and could be leaner. I think I am around 10/11%-ish. What is interesting, and this is entirely and admittedly anecdotal, even if I eat in the same Paleo-esque manner as I always do but am ultra-stressed at work, ergo my sleep is less and/or poor/disturbed -- I put weight on very quickly.

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on April 01, 2010
at 07:25 PM

I don't count calories, but in an attempt to get leaner, I have started to weigh myself...I have a sense of what is my baseline caloric intake and when I have exceeded it

I have leaned out a bit recently because I have focused more on heavy lifting rather than crossfit style WOs...I crossfit has its place for some folks, but I think -- from my own experience -- crossfit does not offer much room for improvement for the non-novice level athlete (bit off topic, but somebody up there mentioned Robb Wolf/lifting heavy)

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on March 29, 2010
at 06:53 AM

I never count calories - I just equate sugar to calories and considering I don't eat sugar or a very hi-carb diet (which turns in to sugar) well, I figure the calories don't need to be counted.

When I stopped drinking raw milk and switched to raw goat's cheese (which I eat sparingly) I lost the last few inches I needed to lose from my waist. That is the way I measure my progress, whether I can do my zipper up easily or not....

Perhaps we should 'up' our calorific intake in late autumn ready for the cold months of winter, but if we are eating seasonally anyway, that would happen automatically and in a natural way, no need to keep track or count anything.

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on March 29, 2010
at 12:02 AM

My experience with the paleo diet has been that there really isn't a need to track calories. When I started this way of eating (not a diet for me) I weighed about 172 lbs, 6'0". Since then I have lost about 4 lbs (I only know this because of tracking for crossfit). I find I'm full at the end of meals and minimal to no snacking in between. It's not that I have an iron will, I'm just not hungry between meals anymore. I've never had a weight issue, but I'm performing better in races and just feel more satisfied now that I am off the blood sugar roller coaster.

Once in a blue moon I will measure calories and breakout between carbs, fats and proteins on fitday.com, but this is more out of curiosity than anything else. Not suprisingly, I tend to fall in the 60 fats/30 protein/10 carbs range and 3-4,000 calories (I'm pretty active).

The only real downside I've found to this way of eating is when I travel for work, which can be fairly frequent, I find myself either bring some nutrient dense food with me that will make it through airport security or making comprises out of necessity. It also makes it VERY tough to eat out.

Regards, Dave

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on March 28, 2010
at 11:10 PM

Skyler, I think johnny over at the Lean Saloon does count calories. www.theleansaloon.com He;s very low on the body fat scale.

Marc

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on August 28, 2010
at 02:06 AM

Since I am at my ideal body weight and the fact that I don't have cravings I don't worry about the calories. I eat when I hungry and that is about all I do. I avoid refined carbs and everything else is just a "piece of cake." :)

P.S. Since I do have a family, I have to think about making "meals" but when I am by myself I tend to go a long time without eating or thinking about food. I love it!

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on August 28, 2010
at 12:56 AM

I don't count calories, and have no idea what is my fat percentage. I SEE some extra fat around, and hope to lose some of it till I see the tone of muscles under :) That's the only "scale" I use.

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on August 28, 2010
at 12:43 AM

i dont count kcals. 5'10 220lbs 8-9%bf. powerlift 3x week, walk 5x a week 45min in the morning. Starting to experiment with 16 hour IF.

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on April 02, 2010
at 01:38 AM

I don't count either. They way I figure it, as long as I am healthy and keep feeling as good as I feel it doesn't really matter. Plus I am not good at keeping track of those things.

I recently read an article, that I can't find now, about a study showing that being mildly overweight is a more healthy body configuration. Our modern idea of what is a healthy size is based on a stipulation to be a soldier in an ancient army. You had to be light enough to not tire out the horses, but strong enough to fight hand to hand. People who we would normally find overweight have thicker arteries and less plaque on their walls. If anyoe know whree it is, I would like to reread it.

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on March 31, 2010
at 09:48 PM

I stopped weighing and measuring and my body fat has actually decreased quicker since Ive stopped. Sometimes wake up in the middle of the night hungry though. Plan on making some homemade jerky so that I easily up my protein (stopped protein drinks as per Robb Wolf they cause an insulin spike and therefore fat retention)

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on March 29, 2010
at 03:22 AM

I don't currently count calories, though I do get curious as to how much I'm ingesting sometimes. I'm not entirely sure of my bodyfat %; I'm currently 5'9" and right around 181; I know I'd like to drop a little more fat via Paleo.

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on March 29, 2010
at 02:13 AM

According to the Tanita BC-1000 scales at work I'm in the 5 percent range. I'm 5'11" and I usually come in around 155 on a fasting day (157-9 normally). I'm a powerlifter, in case you're interested in what I do on an athletic level.

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on March 29, 2010
at 07:21 PM

Well, I do sprint one to three days a week on my off lifting days, and I lift 3 - 4 days a week, so powerlifting isn't the only thing I do, but it is the biggie. I'll do 5 - 10 minutes of sprints after 5 minutes of warming up, and then I'll walk it off for another 10 - 20. I like to trail run, so usually the walk is however long it takes me to get to the end of the trail.

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on March 29, 2010
at 06:46 AM

does that include lifting children regularly?

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on March 29, 2010
at 03:18 AM

Interesting. Robb Wolf always mentions that if you lift heavy sh*t and don't do met-con/cardio -- one can get seriously lean.

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on March 29, 2010
at 12:33 AM

I do not count calories, but I am very aware of my carb count as that is what makes you fat. I don't know my fat percentage is but in the last 15 months since going low carb and Paleo I have lost over 70 pounds and but back about twenty in muscle without a calorie worry ever.

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on March 28, 2010
at 10:37 PM

I don't count calories. 8-9% body fat. I'm lean (5'10" 140 lbs) and I don't seek to be athletic.

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