I don’t really care for the number on the scale as much as I did in the past. It can vary wildly on a day-to-day basis. Tracking progress makes more sense with a combination of both weight and tape measurements. I decided to hop on this morning and…
Feels good, man.
Q:Hi! I just started researching leangains and was wondering how you were liking it?
I really like it because of its simplicity. The first thing I noticed is that there’s less cooking and cleaning involved. I used to lug around tupperware of food and snacks to keep myself from going hungry, but in reality I was never satisfied because the snacks were never filling. After a while I got accustomed to eating 2 or 3 meals a day and I’m always stuffed. I definitely recommend giving it a try.
There are lots of “guides” to set you up depending on your goals, but in the end it’s totally up to what you feel suits you the best. There’s no need to complicate things by following a strict schedule. Go by what comes natural to you.
For example, as a college student, my day-to-day schedule is constantly changing. So, some days I go exactly 16 hours and others (like today) up to 20. I do get a bit ravenous on the 20 hour days, so I recommend sticking to something consistent if you can.
I’m sure you’ve already checked out the Leangains guide but here are additional resources that may prove useful:
- Leangains Guide
- Andrew Morgan’s (RippedBody.jp) Guide
- /r/LeanGains FAQ
- TheSpartanWarrior - sidebar is a great place to start
- JCDFitness’ article on IF
- A view into Nia Shanks’ daily nutrition
- Precision Nutrition’s IF eBook
- Fitocracy forum thread on IF
- IF Calculator - use this as a general guideline and then adjust depending on results
Progress Update - 14 months of hacking my body
I’ve been trucking along, trying new things, and learning a lot along the way.
More recently I’ve realized:
- You don’t need to eat 6 times a day to “keep your metabolism from slowing down.” 
- You don’t need to exercise 7 days a week to achieve your goals. , 
- Low carb diets are not a means to an end. Carbs don’t make you get fat. Eating too much makes you fat.
- Extreme caloric restriction is not fun or sustainable. Be reasonable.
- Don’t stress over small details. Be consistent and everything will fall into place.
I’m really happy with how far I’ve come and looking back motivates me to keep going.