Unless you shut yourself in a metabolic vacuum every day, you’re never going to know your metabolic rate. Heisenberg tells us that the more microscopic things get, the more unpredictable things get.
The table in front of you? It appears solid. But at the quantum level? It’s a bunch of moving particles.
Don’t overly predict. Use something good enough, get feedback, then adjust.
The launch pad for metabolic rate is [bodyweight in pounds] multiplied by [?] = your average daily calorie requirement.BW (pounds) x 10-12 = WEIGHT LOSS BW (pounds) x 13-14 = MAINTAIN WEIGHT BW (pounds) x 15-16 = WEIGHT GAIN
Start here. Your body isn’t a stock vehicle. Using anything more specific than these values for starters is probably doing nothing other than inching you further away from a True range. You can go on forever trying to nail down some kind of specific caloric value, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid.
As Nassim Taleb always says: learn how to live comfortably in a world not understood. (And I also stole the “fooled by randomness” bit from him. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a Taleb fan.) Start with something good enough and then get real world feedback that guides further discovery.
It’s purposely (and perfectly?) imperfect.
You should have a reason for doing what you do. A beacon. A direction. A dogma.
Someone wanting to lose fat might have the nutrition dogma: choose food based on calories.
Is this dogma right? Wrong? Good? Bad? Healthy? (Not many things done in the name of looking well built and moving like a mutant would fall in the realm of “health.”) The answer to these questions don’t matter. The important part is having a dogma. Any dogma. Without it, decisions aren’t made.
But something worth trying: change the dogma.
The following dogmas are the norm: lose fat, build muscle. Maybe sub-dogmas bloom from there. Blah, blah, blah. Boring.
Choose foods based on calories? How about choosing foods based on their anti-inflammatory properties? Or, better yet, choosing foods based on color. How’s that for a dogma? Forget calories. Forget whatever else. It’s all color. More color = better. That’s the dogma.
Training? Muscle building. Blah, blah, blah. Maybe go with this dogma: no noise. Only do exercises where your joints don’t creak and crack.
Think about the beacons. Question them. Change them. Change them again. And then again. Evaluate what happens. (Maybe focusing on color does more magic than focusing on calories ever will? )
Frank Costanza: Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!
Festivus starts with the Airing of Grievances. The Airing of Grievances is the hard part. It’s the part where you get honest with yourself. Admit there were problems. Admit that things that could have gone differently.
Like last year for me. When I told myself in October 2013 that I’d regain the splits by December 2013. And here I am now, December 2014. Still no splits. Half-baked training? Lack of focus? Maybe. Whatever the excuse — the accountability and honesty comes out in the Airing of Grievances.
But this paves the way for the Feats of Strength. So put your mishaps on the table. Write the down. What didn’t go right?With strength training: maybe you weren’t as consistent as you could have been. With physique work: maybe you had too many cheat weekends. With tricking: maybe you didn’t progress as much as you would have wanted to. Maybe you played it too safe.
Get it all out in the air. I got a lot of problems with “x.” Or how “x” went.
Because only then do you move onto the Feats of Strength.
I got a lot of problems with “x.”
Now it’s time to do “y” and fix things.