5 Reasons Why Food Tracking (Not Calorie Counting) Will Forever Change The Way You Eat

I’ve been tracking my meals consistently for the past nine months, and I can honestly say that the habit has completely changed the way I look at food. 

The more commonly used term for food tracking is “calorie counting”, but I avoid using that term since calories really shouldn't be the focus when deciding on what to eat. Instead the focus should be put on food quality and macronutrient content, which I’ll get into later.   

Below are five reasons (from obvious to less obvious) why I think tracking your food — for even a brief period of time — can have a profound impact on the way you eat.

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Niche Site Experiment Update: Is New Content Enough?

Last month I started a niche site experiment where I launched my very first WordPress website from scratch to learn about WordPress and search engine optimization (SEO). 

The site is PullUpBargain.com, and the goal, in addition to learning, is to see how high I can rank in Google’s search results for the term “portable pull up bar”.  

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Rice Bulking Update: Bring On The Gluten

It's been one month since I started my Rice Bulking Experiment. The goal here is to learn how to spend minimal time and effort to gain weight and muscle mass while staying lean.

The reason I'm calling this a "rice bulk" is because I've been using white rice to make up for the increase in calories I need on top of my formerly-low-carb diet. White rice is inexpensive and easy to prepare in large batches. This has allowed me to keep the rest of my weekly routine relatively consistent in terms of meal prep.

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Rice Bulk Experiment: Can I Turn Rice Into Muscle?

Back in May, I had planned on exploring weight gain, but my ridiculous cholesterol levels following my six-pack experiment gave me pause. Before embarking on an experiment that would require me to overeat for a prolonged period of time, I figured it would be best to first experiment more with my diet and get my cholesterol levels back down to levels where doctors don’t freak out. 

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Hacking Body Fat: How To Burn Fat and Gain a Six-Pack in Three Months

After my six-pack in three months experiment, I’ve had quite a few people come to me asking for advice on how to burn fat. Rather than send a list of tips and suggestions to people individually, I figured it would be more efficient to direct people to this article that you are reading now.  

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Hacking Anger Management: Why I Lose My Temper and 3 Ways To Avoid Tearing Someone’s Head Off

Lately I’ve been getting comments from friends on how my temperament has changed. Apparently I’ve “chilled out” and no longer get irritated or lose my temper as often as I used to. 

Looking back on my former, ill-tempered self, it seems I did indeed have an anger management problem. It was not uncommon for friends to witness me yelling at waiters, drivers, colleagues and basically anyone unlucky enough to have annoyed me in some way or another. On several occasions, employees have left my office in tears after feeling my wrath, and I’m not proud of it.

I never want to go back to being angry and annoyed all the time. It’s pointless, distracting and extremely draining. 

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