- and how many calories do you eat versus how much energy you spend, if you follow that sort of a thing?

My input/output is either balance or bigger output. That is based on calculation, body in reality can use energy different.

How we age and how our metabolism behaves depends on complex factors, but usually we slow down to spare our bodies.

This topic is also connected to a previous one and this comment: https://hilariouschaos.com/comment/511

There is this local fitnes youtuber who says that no sugar in your life = more energy overall. The mf is 46 yo, wakes up at 3-4AM and trains. He is jacked. Says doesn’t use steroids. He also eats “KETO” every two days and the other days he eats nothing. I think he is trustworthy.

Yes, I think that he may be very beneficial for me.

About his claims, he can say anything for his case - take in consideration that he is 46 ( like me), so his metabolism is different compared to a younger person. Waking up at 4am ( same here) is a sign that he is driving off a different mode. Young people usually sleep longer in the morning.

I would advise especially younger people to stop mimicking older fitness influencers down to a detail. They don’t need to be honest down to a detail. They may have a significantly slower metabolism and can have very different genetics.

But, how he can do that?

As an example, I am 46, lived off 500-1000 calories per day both on keto and paleo for a very long time, rock around the clock activity 5am-11pm with family obligations, so house chores, cooking, cleaning, shopping, online gigs, my kids school, job and fitness, without any weight loss or fatigue, when I was at my worst.

BMI 21 then and now. The fact that I can’t eat grains, soy and many other cultivated plants suggest that I may have a hunter-gatherer genes, which come with a slew of differences.

He looks like a beast? I guess because he is.

And note I am a woman, so I am significantly smaller, less muscles, less energy storage and with more things on a list daily, usually I can’t finish all of them.

I documented everything from my food, water, activity and I was very confused. If I would do that at 35 years of age or younger I would loose significant weight and suffer acute exhaustion.

So, when I start skipping days with my present daily intake, which is around 1700 calories total on a single meal with supplements, I don’t feel anything.

Supplement quality is also very important. It’s not same if you take BCAA in a morning with no carb fodder to keep it rolling, and cause yourself an insulin shock and wobbly knees, and taking EAA with full meal at 2pm.

If I jump above 2000 calories because it is cold, somebody has a celebration, I forgot what time it is, I don’t care, I like chocolate, aw look that holly bacon/cake/a bucket of cream/you name it…, oh-la-la, my cholesterol jumps into stratosphere, and I start gaining weight fast as a thick. So, how is that even possible when I do more things then when I was younger with less food of the same type?

Simple, my body learned that it will die if it continues burning like a torch, and switched on an economic mode.

If you find anything relevant, interesting or worth discussing in this article, leave a comment.

  • AliceA
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    33 months ago

    I feel fucking hung over if I haven’t taken my vitamins for a while. It’s incredible the difference they make. One time I got so healthy, fasting, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, working out 2 to 3 times a day.

    The smell of fast food made me want to vomit.

    My work out routine was 3 to 4 hours of cardio and 30 minutes weight lifting, sometimes swimming and classes.

    Then sauna

    I’m probably wrong, but I did so much cardio just in case I fuck up and eat bad. I wanted to burn extra calories. Plus, no matter what or how I ate, I was constantly fucking hungry.

    Annoying

    • ♀️♓KeskOPM
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      33 months ago

      I should exercise more often. My issue is that I like outdoors, so once a bad weather comes I loose interest. Weight lifting is fine but I prefer weight holding, so significantly less weight and you freeze in a position that pressures a certain muscle or a group of muscles. Or do a movement just in slow motion. I was doing this without knowing that’s a technique, because it looked fun, and later found out that it gives better results than pumping muscles under bigger weight.

      • AliceA
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        13 months ago

        I agree. I’m the same way. Do you like to work out at home more or do you prefer a gym?

        • ♀️♓KeskOPM
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          23 months ago

          Well, I like people, company , whatever. At a moment I am not a member, thinking to rejoin.

          • AliceA
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            13 months ago

            I used to go to 24 fitness it was ok.

  • splinterA
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    23 months ago

    I agree that metabolism changes quite dramatically as we age. I’ve always been skinny as a teenager but if I ate at the same rate now, I’d put on weight.

    I guess I haven’t really given it much thought beyond trying to buy quality food and stay away from garbage as much as I can. I barely ever have soft drinks and most of them taste too sweet for me, I think my taste has changed.

    I generally have 2 meals a day, lunch and dinner, I don’t have breakfast very often, or if I do it’s usually brunch. I also sleep a heck of a lot less than I used to, that’s also true, though not always by choice.

    But yes I think you make a good point about not comparing your routine to someone who is in a considerably different age bracket than you.