My wife and I were doing some math this morning. Every few weeks we re assess our measurements, re-adjust macros, and tweak our diet plans going forward. It got me to thinking about something that happened to me the other day that may or may not be of help to some of you guys.
I’ve read on here more than once about guys not being able to attain their goals, whether that be to add more muscle or lose more fat, or both. Then in other threads those same guys are asked about their diet, and sometimes there is an answer of, “I don’t count calories. I’ve been doing this so long that I KNOW what I’m eating.”
Fair enough, and that may be true…BUT…Let me interject this one thought.
I have been doing the calories / macro counting and weighing and measuring things for a while myself. I too sometimes can look at food and accurately guess the weight, and by that know the macro content of that food. Case in point…a serving of peanuts almost always is exactly a normal size handful for my hands. I’ve proven this quite a few times using the scale, so now a days I just grab a normal size handful of peanuts and mark it down. I realized the other day the small downfalls of this type of thinking.
The main downfall is , when you do something for so long that it becomes second nature, we stop paying as much attention to detail, and start relying more on our own instincts of what we “know”. This is great if you’re a Navy Seal and you have to react on those instincts without thinking, because…give or take a few percent, those instincts are pretty accurate. The problem when it comes to eating and fitness goals is that the “few percent” can make or break your goals.
I did a little experiment that I haven’t done in a long time. I grabbed a handful of peanuts and threw it on the scale. A serving is 1oz. My handful. 1.6oz. Not super bad, but not great either! But then I did it again. Handful - 2.1oz. That’s DOUBLE the serving size! Now I know that an extra ounce of peanuts may not kill me, but what if I apply this mindset to every meal I eat in a days time, or worse, over the course of a week? If you add up all of the tolerances from guessing throughout the day, then I could be seriously over or under doing it and not even realizing it.
That led me to realize the true difference between being an egotistical person and an arrogant person. An arrogant person is so confident in himself that he doesn’t feel the need to verify himself. An egotistical person will verify himself, just for the sake of proving himself right.
So which one is better? To some degree we are ALL in some form or fashion one or the other right?
Most of us that consider ourselves humble and meek are really just egotistical people that eventually accepted the fact that we found out we were wrong when trying to prove ourselves right! Lol
Some of us are arrogant, and as such, don’t even realize that we are wrong and will steer widely clear of anything that could possibly suggest otherwise, or in some cases, we argue from such a narrow minded point of view that it blocks out any other points of view that could be pertinent.
So which one are you? I’m on both sides of the fence, but I have recently realized that being egotistical is much better for ME when it comes to diet. I will continue to weigh and measure everything that goes into my body. I have found for myself that my best instinctual accuracy is still not good enough, so I will continue to use the tools at my disposal to ensure that I don’t screw myself.
But on the other hand, I’m kind of a perfectionist lol.
What do you guys think?