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    Atl
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    Default Dieting as a Hobby

    When I started learning about nutrition I would pick different diets and run them through their paces for 3 months or so. I have been a vegan, vegetarian, did the Metabolic Diet, Precision Nutrition, The Warrior Diet, and now I am looking at trying the Ultimate Diet 2.0 just to see what the deal is. I always learn something that helps me along with my goals. I also started getting a clue about what makes my metabolic clock tick. Now I really like trying new diets. Does anybody else derive entertainment value from exploring diets? Is that even normal or sane?
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    Yeah, I think it is normal for some people. I've gone through a similar experience. I was on the Warrior Diet for a while, then got AED (which is basically Warrior Diet just with some extra principle), and now I am pretty much doing Mercola's nutritional-typing diet which I like the best of all the diets that I have tried. I think diet is another area in which we can exercise a little bit more control in our lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atl View Post
    Is that even normal or sane?
    Your hobby would drive me crazy. I picked up Precision Nutrition a few years ago because I wanted one reliable no-nonsense system for providing my body with fuel that I could follow for the rest of my life. Now that I have that squared away, I never have to think about nutrition forevermore. I find that comforting. But I am glad you are running the gamut of systems. I makes for some interesting reads.

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    I just figure that experience is the best way to learn. I am also a technician by profession so I like to monkey around with stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atl View Post
    I just figure that experience is the best way to learn. I am also a technician by profession so I like to monkey around with stuff.
    ATL i have also put various things through there paces. In my case it has been in a quest to find what works for me. Once i have it 'dialed in' as Semonides mentions i see no reason to experiment further than that and certainly enjoy, since i don't have clients, not needing to continually investigate. Other than a passive interest as to what is posted on this forum that's all i consider when it comes to nutrition. If i reach a point where i things stop working i would then go into investigation mode like you again.

    Since you have been around the block with the diets, and i have read many interesting posts from you, i hope you don't mind me asking why you don't just settle with one that works?

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    Because over the course of losing about 150lbs give or take a few I find something that works for a while, then I stagnate so I switch it up again. Once my weight and comp goals are met I will devote less attention to diet. It is a learning process.
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    Atl your doing for diets what most peoples hould be doing with their changing regimen, keeping it fresh keeps it working. Im on the WD just not but come the end of the triathlon, ill prob go on a bodybuilding style weight gain diet, then WD again to cut fat then...etc etc etc

    You keep records of your diet? I'd be interested to read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atl View Post
    Because over the course of losing about 150lbs give or take a few I find something that works for a while, then I stagnate so I switch it up again. Once my weight and comp goals are met I will devote less attention to diet. It is a learning process.
    Nice results Atl.

    I perhaps misunderstood / read the title of the post. If you have a fixation with diet as a genuine 'hobby' i am not sure that makes much sense. If you are changing diets to get results and enjoy the analysis and process then this makes sense. I think they are two different things.

    How far off from your weight and comp goals are you?

    An interesting question is at what point will you consider having to pick one of the dietary approaches for good and just tweaking? With all your research i would have thought you have found one that may be easiest to stick to over the long haul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comanighttrain View Post
    Atl your doing for diets what most peoples hould be doing with their changing regimen, keeping it fresh keeps it working. Im on the WD just not but come the end of the triathlon, ill prob go on a bodybuilding style weight gain diet, then WD again to cut fat then...etc etc etc

    You keep records of your diet? I'd be interested to read!

    I will start putting this stuff up on my blog today.
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    How far off from your weight and comp goals are you?
    I am 20% body fat at 230 lbs. I would like to be about 10 to 12% body fat. This would put me somewhere around 210 lbs at my current muscle mass I predict. This diet is my push to the finish line. I feel that a serious diet in the midst of VWC training would be very successful.

    It should be noted that I have the maintenance nutrition worked out to suit me fine, I also have no trouble gaining...muscle or fat....losing is the hard one. Once I complete this diet (8 weeks or so) I will switch up to the Warrior Diet for maintenance. It is actually my favorite diet, and it feels the most healthy for me.
    "A warrior takes his lot, whatever it may be, and accepts it in ultimate humbleness. He accepts in humbleness what he is, not as grounds for regret but as a living challenge." - Carlos Castaneda

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