The Importance of Collecting Data On Your Body

Even if you say you don’t, you are always collecting data on your body. How thorough you are with this process can make or break your success when it comes to your health and fitness goals.

When I was in bodybuilding, I bucked the system as much as I could. Consider me a lifelong rule breaker—just enough so that I push things slightly over the edge.

I couldn’t stand weighing and measuring my food. It felt like a chore, and I wanted to avoid feeling food-obsessed.

Here’s the deal. Even if you are eyeballing your food or using arbitrary measures like a deck of cards for a meat portion and a thumb-size for your fats … you’re still collecting data.

Not accurately. But you are.

That’s what I did. My coach set my macros and in the first week I dropped three pounds. I was already close to stage weight and had a hard time keeping on muscle, so dropping weight that early in the game wasn’t ideal. It wasn’t a goal at all.

I begrudgingly...

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