I talk to people who have goofy ideas on diet.

I talked to one today that someone had told ‘Don’t eat this particular food.’ And it was a food that certain types of it could be loaded up with bad stuff, but the food itself wasn’t inherently all that bad.

Notice I didn’t say going ON a diet. Don’t even talk to me about a ‘diet’. They are gimmicky things that don’t work over the long term.

It’s important to distinguish the two: ‘Your diet’ is what you eat. ‘A diet’ typically means caloric restriction or some goofy thing like juice only.

Like a Garth Brooks Juice Diet that you read about in the Weekly World News.

 

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but here’s an EASY approach:

1. Eat lots of color. Color on your plate is good. Fruits and veggies are always on the menu.

2. Healthy fats, proteins, and carbs.

3. Cut as much fat and sugar as you can.

4. Don’t eat late at night. If you are super hungry, maybe a spoon of peanut butter and a single slice of wheat bread and some ice water. I try not to eat after 6pm if I can.

4b. Workout in the morning BEFORE you eat. I do the 22 minute Fast and Furious. It’s a direct calorie burn, you can use it for cardio or aerobic, and it is CHEAP. Plus you can say you do Insanity and no one will know it’s the short version. 🙂 On that note, I do it in ADDITION to P90X. It’s short and if you do it in your aerobic heart rate (115-142 beats per minute for me) then you can stack it on to anything later that day. I frequently do F&F in the morning and Ab Ripper X or X2 (17 mins or so) later in the day if it’s a super busy day.

6. Don’t eat too much. (Obviously!) Learn what portion you need and eat that. If you are still hungry in 15 minutes, eat a little more.

 

And of course, get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and MOVE. Exercise. Find that intensity. Uncomfortable is best. If it’s comfortable, you’re wasting your time. I’d rather see you BRING IT for 22 minutes than take a 45 minute easy walk.

It’s the triad: food, sleep, exercise.

Until you have your weight under control and are doing all of the above simple things, DON’T get in the weeds with technical jargon like ‘Glycemic Impact’ and all that.

That’s for later, when you’ve got a solid foundation.

We don’t need to stinking diet, we just need to watch our diet. Make sense?