What’s the Great Divide about? Weight. With 200,000+ feet of elevation gain, every gram you can drop means less suffering. So, most people spend a lot of time trying to make their gear weigh less.
Folks who know me know me that I’m not really a weight weenie. I’m a big guy, I ride a big bike, and I can generally power my out of situations. But the divide… the divide is something different.
Weight weenies are folks who try to lose weight by exchanging money for mass – spending more and more money on gear that weighs less and less. Lord knows I’ve spent my time here, but my focus really needs to be on something else. Becoming less of a man.
I’m overweight. Not surprising given my age, occupation, and environment. But even so I am. So, to reduce the amount of weight I haul on the tour I should be reducing ME.
Here’s my plan:
Limit what goes in
Bottom line, nothing seems as effective as keeping the calories out in the first place. I’m going to use the Hackers Diet to monitor how I’m doing on the Going In side. After a ton of analysis, looks like I burn about 2800 kcal a day, and report eating somewhat less than that. I’m going to round down, and plan eating 2000 to give myself some headroom.
Keep the quality up, but don’t go insane
I’ve worked with a number of folks who tell me that if I change the kind of food I eat, I’ll loose weight. I have enough evidence now to cry Bullshit on this. But one shouldn’t give up on quality altogether. Focus on fewer refined carbohydrates, lower amounts of meat. More apples.
Still not entirely sure how to do this, but getting the point where the ME doesn’t feel like eating more food is a worth while goal. Caffeine? Strategic fat? I like this idea quite a bit, but it seems a bit hard to achieve.
Bits and Bobs
– Controlling inflamation seems like a decent idea. I’m going to try more turmeric
– Acacia fiber agrees with me. I’ll keep doing that
– Greens seemed like a decent thing. I’m going to keep doing them
– I am a gut biome believer – resistant starch and priobiotics for me