It seems like each time I switch to a new “bad food group” it takes a few days to get it right. Today, I had most of my calories at lunch time with a pizza that sounded quite healthy but really wasn’t. Many of the very tasty pizzas I’ve had are around 900-1000 calories for the whole thing, and this one was 1600. It was pretty tasty but I’ve definitely had better, so in other words, not really worth the calories. I’m definitely not a fan of the “braided crust” – keep it simple people!
I also have to say, shopping for pizza at the grocery store is much less exciting than shopping for ice cream. Most of the pizzas are pepperoni (of which I’m not a huge fan) and there are a lot of chicken ones too (I don’t mind chicken but it seems weird to have it on a pizza). Anyway, I did buy a chicken and bacon pizza which I’ll try in the coming days. The best pizzas I have had are pretty simple ingredients like ham (or bacon), cheese, mushrooms. And there are some fantastic veggie pizzas I’ve had too, that to me taste a lot better than pepperoni or sausage pizza. Anyway, all that is just personal opinion! The weirdest thing about my previous pizza experience, is that the best pizza I’ve ever had was in Switzerland of all places, not exactly the place that springs to mind as the mecca of pizza.
So for tomorrow, I’m going to hopefully venture out and try some non-grocery-store varieties from our local pizzerias.
Totals for the day: 2787 calories (313g carbs, 98g fat, 141g protein)
Some people ask me if I add calories back in if I do workouts. The answer is no if I only do something under an hour. Like today I only did 60 min easy on the bike, then I don’t add them back (maybe like 25%). But on a big workout day with something like a 3 hour bike ride, I’ll add some of them back in. So for a regular person doing less than an hour of exercise per day, I would not add any calories back. Instead I would just set a simple calorie goal and stick with it. As many calories as you can while still losing weight. For athletes, you need to have trust in how your workout calories are measured, since much of that can be quite inaccurate. So there is some trial and error getting that right. I would start off maybe adding back only 60% of workout calories, with the priority on making sure you fuel your workouts well. Doing under-fueled workouts is ok on occasion, but doing it regularly is going to downgrade the quality of your workouts and impact your training goals. That’s why I like to periodize my diet to meet the needs of my current training phase, but that is a whole other post in itself, that I will do later on, probably once this project is over.
Sorry, no video today – I just had too much going on (including taking a kid to urgent care) and ran out of time to do anything. If you need something to watch, check out this good talent.
this post is a part of the raceweight project, a “calories in, calories out” experiment to see if I can get to my racing weight eating mainly “bad” foods