Quick, lazy tip for dieting in 2013
Super lazy post because I've been insanely busy since my last post!
I'm currently in a hotel in Belgium chowing down on some salad that I bought from a petrol station because it's part of my new "how to stay lean while travelling overseas for business" plan.
Here's a handy tip for you to manage dieting without needing to count every calorie:
Take a look at the food label - if it contains less then 100 calories per 100g, you can pretty much eat as much as you want. If it contains over that, proceed with caution.
The reason for this is caloric density, which I believe is the major cause of the Western world's obesity problem. Food these days is simply so readily available and filled with calories. The human body evolved on foods like vegetables, berries and meat (think fish, deer, bison, mammoth), hence why I'm also a big proponent of "paleo" style diets. All of these foods contain either a lot of water, fibre, vitamins or protein. They fill you up a lot and provide lots of nutrients relative to their calorie content.
Modern foods can be extremely sweet or greasy, neither of which we would have been able to find in the wild (the exception would be something like honey, but that would be a rare treat, not to mention potentially dangerous to harvest!).
Anyway, the "100cals/100g" rule is handy if you're out and about and need to grab something from a corner shop / roadside petrol station / supermarket.
On a related note, one sure-fire way of overdosing on calories is to get them from liquids - avoid fruit juice (eat the whole fruit instead) and any soft drinks containing sugar.
Oh, and here's a bonus video combining both economics and food: