Tools for the Trade- Capturing Your Flexible Dieting Data

The flexible dieting lifestyle does require a few tools in order to navigate, and it all comes down to getting the most accurate data possible.  Think of it this way– a .300 hitter in major league baseball is considered an elite player, all else equal (power, speed, fielding ability).  A .270 hitter is considered average.  A .240 hitter is unemployed.  How do we know if a player is a .300, .270, or .240 hitter?  Someone tracks every at-bat during a season, and the television channel displays the information for us.  We wouldn’t know otherwise– the difference between a .300 batting average and a .240 batting average is two base hits per week.  A naked eye doesn’t catch this, but it’s the difference between an eight-figure contract and unemployment.  Data is important, and that’s why we ask you to be diligent in collecting your data.  Here are the tools we use at home (full disclosure: FDC is an Amazon Associate and we may receive commissions at some point, right now we’re not):

1. Digital scale: I’ve (Asher) used an earlier version of this model for six years now.


2. Food scale: this one has a nice large surface area so you can still read the screen while you have a sizable bowl on top.  Easy answer: if you’re not weighing your food, your macros won’t be accurate.


3. Portable food scale: if you’re 100% committed to hitting your macros you’re going to bring a scale out to restaurants.  It’s not going to be as accurate as cooking at home (you can’t watch the cook add oil), but it’ll get you closer.



4. Body tape measure: this one has a feeding device and latch which makes it easier to use.


Author: Asher

I worked as a CPA for 10 years before jumping into a fitness industry career. I'm Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified, a Crossfit Level 1 trainer, and an Eat-to-Perform certified nutrition coach.

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