Podcast 2 – Calorie Counting

I sat down with my good friend Dan Grimes (Twitter: @dirtydan927) and chatted about the calorie counting lifestyle, dieting myths and truths, and our experiences thus far.


Does the word make you think low-carb? Atkins? Paleo? Maybe “Clean eating?”

In today’s podcast, Dan and I get down to the truth of dieting-

Losing weight is about creating a calorie deficit,

regardless of what source the food comes from.

“Clean eating” is something I have seen tons and tons of people use to fool themselves into a spot where they can’t lose weight and they can’t understand why not because they are eating “clean.”

No matter how clean you eat, if you’re giving your body a surplus of calories, you won’t lose weight.

Simple as that.

For an active male (exercising regularly 3-5 times per week), Dan and I agree, you want to plan your diet like this:

1g of carbohydrate per lb of body weight (roughly)
1.2g of protein per lb of body weight (roughly)
.2g of fat per lb of body weight (roughly)

It will be little different for everybody.

I have friends, family, and coworkers who are under the impression that “clean fats” are good for you so they consume them in excess. People discounts observing or counting “natural sugars” because they are “good” for you.

Regardless of a food’s reputation for being “clean:”

They are all composed of calories

Dan summarizes the difference between a clean-eater and a calorie-counter:

Two people go to lunch and have a salad…

A clean-eater simply eats a “salad,” which is “good” because it is “clean.”

A calorie-counter observes and chooses the ingredients in their salad and understands the impact on their physique and the impact those ingredients have on his daily allowance.

The “clean eater” mindset is faulty thinking and the reason most people can’t don’t lose weight.

Clean eating is great, encouraged even, but it’s not enough on its own. You must monitor your calories.

Once you understand the simple truth on how to lose weight, via a calorie deficit, you have the POWER to change your body.

You don’t have to buy any special program.

You don’t have to pay a nutritionist.

You just have to maintain a steady calorie deficit.

There were some areas of opportunity Dan and I saw early in our calorie counting and Dan and I offer some tips:

Try not to drink too many calories.

I’m not even talking about alcohol. I was drinking a ton of calories from protein shakes. While trying to stay “low-carb,” I drank five protein shakes in one day! That’s so many calories!

I also drank a lot of milk, V8, and almond milk. Dan had the same issue with orange juice. Our mistake was figuring liquids were “cleaner,” like they wouldn’t turn to fat.

Animal meat can still be very fatty.

I ate ham for dinner the evening we recorded and it killed my dietary fat allowance.

Peanut butter (and nuts in general) have a lot of fat in them. Like, A LOT.

I used to include two heaping scoops of peanut butter in my protein shakes before I discovered their heavy nutritional impact.

Googling actor’s diets only gives you a piece of the full picture.

Eating tons of oatmeal because Ryan Reynolds does is not necessarily going to cause you to look like Ryan Reynolds. You’re not seeing his activity level, how often he eats oatmeal, and what he eats the rest of the day.

Calories, Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates are not inherently “Good” or “Bad.”

Protein, fats, and carbohydrates are composed of calories. A gram of protein has 4 calories. A gram of carbohydrate has four calories. A gram of fat has 9 calories.

A calorie from a donut is the same thing as a calorie from chicken breast.

Some foods can be viewed as less desirable because they eat up a lot of daily calorie allowance but don’t provide much in the way of nutritional value or feeling full, but you can always plan ahead for those foods if you really must have them.

Once you become aware and learn of the ease and control with which you can impact your weight, it will drive you up the wall to see people doing things that stifle their progress.

It’s a tricky thing, trying to say something to a person making poor dietary decisions, because you risk offending a person who is not open to critiquing.

We can’t fault people for trying, though, and some of the misinformation in certain “programs” is so convincing we become invested and attached to them.

Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has been there.

MVP’s of Dieting:

Greek Yogurt
Egg Whites
Chicken Breast
Whey Protein Powder

Brown Rice
Sweet Potato
California Vegetable Blend

Regardless of your approach – your workout routine, your ethic, your diet – You will not lose weight if you don’t have a sustained calorie deficit.

The “secret” or “trick” to success is to START. Don’t waste time planning and plotting. Just get STARTED and adjust as you go!

Enjoy the podcast for more details.

(Check out our first podcast here)

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to reach out via e-mail or comment if you have any questions.

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About the author

Kyle Milligan

I'm Kyle Milligan. I really enjoy writing. I wrote a couple novels (The Hang-Ups and Hangovers series) and now I blog frequently on a bunch of different websites. I also enjoy lifting heavy things and and writing about it.


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