Is Calorie Counting Even Accurate?

The government allows restaurants and fast food chains to have a 20% variation in their calories and macronutrient reporting.

That means your 600 calorie Greek Chicken with Farroh may be 720 calories.

Or even worse, if you eat out every meal, you could be eating 2,160 calories instead of 1800. That’s enough to send you into a caloric maintenance instead of a deficit.

So should we just stop logging our food?

I think I’m going to start doing low carb anyways.

Or maybe paleo?


I have a solution for you:

The 80/20 rule.

80% of the time eat clean, volume rich, non-fast food foods.

So, if you’re eating 2440 calories, 488 of those calories you can do what you want with.

That’s 1 1/4 of a Suzie Cake’s Cupcake a day (it keeps the doctor away)!


If you’re a psychopath like me and eat mostly the same thing when you eat out. Get your order “to go,” take it apart, and measure each portion.

That way you kill the 20% variability.

I LOVE Fat Sal’s. Unfortunately, most of the sandwiches I like are above 600 calories.

So, I took my favorite one to go, took it apart, weighed it, and created the food in My Fitness Pal with it’s macronutrients.

This took me 10 minutes to do, and if you have several go-to restaurants, want to stay at a low body fat year round, and have time to dissect your food (or think it’s important enough to make time) it’s a fantastic solution.

Check out Dylan vs. Fat Sal’s:



Flexible dieting and has become more popular than bench pressing on Mondays, and for good reason.

Most competitive bodybuilders, physique athletes, and anyone that looks amazing with their shirts off subscribes to it’s usage.

Happy Dieting,

Dyl Pickle

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