A Diet Disaster Of Unknown Proportions

Gabe Johansson
2 min readDec 2, 2023

One diet mistake I’ve come across so many times over the years is people having no idea how much they’re eating so they simply guess:

“How many calories are you eating every day?” “Oh, I don’t know… about 1500?”

This is a surefire way to do two things:

1. Not make any sustainable progress, and
2. Definitely not eat 1,500 calories

When you get to that 1,200 to 1,500 calorie range, you have to be incredibly careful with what you’re eating, because 2 standard servings of barbecue sauce is about 10% of your calories.

So here’s what I recommend doing instead:

Download MyFitnessPal and fill out your stats.

Set your goal to lose 1 pound per week

Track every single gram of food and drink you have.

Sure, it’s not as easy as eating what you want when you want it and hoping for the best…

But guessing how much you’re eating when something like MyFitnessPal is available is like driving to a new location while having a GPS and choosing not to use it.

The crazy thing is if you follow this diet GPS, you could do literally everything else wrong and still get where you want to go.

Years back, I actually wrote an ebook that shows you exactly how to track calories from start to finish, and included meal examples I was eating consistently at the time of writing.

It’s called “The Ultimate Calorie Tracking Guide To Control Your Bodyweight At Will” which admittedly was not a good title from a marketing perspective…

…but in my biased opinion it’s an accurate one.

I used to sell it on my website, but now the only ways to get access to it are if you can find the long-lost Amazon Kindle listing or by joining my free Fitness Inner Circle community.

And the invite link to the community is reserved for subscribers of my daily fitness newsletter, which you can check out here:


Any questions? Let me know.

Talk soon,

Originally published at https://gainswithgabe.com on December 2, 2023.



Gabe Johansson

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