With New Year’s just around the corner, millions of people everywhere are signing up for the latest and greatest ways to transform their lives. Naturally, adjusting the foods you consume; i.e. your diet, is one of the most direct and efficient way to transform your health
Of course, with the ever-increasing number of dietary programs out there, an inevitable outpouring of questions, second guessing, and ultimately indecision take hold. Think about it for a second, how many diets can you name off the top of your head? Mediterranean, Atkins, Paleo, Clean 30, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Raw….need I go on?
At the end of the day, which one is right for you? Which one is going to help you lose that weight? And perhaps most importantly, which one is going to be the easiest to adhere to? I’m going to break the mold here and throw something out there you may not have heard before; it absolutely does not matter which diet you’re on.
Want to lose weight? Skip the diet altogether. Want to build muscle, get toned, get whatever you want to call it? Make sure you DON’T sign up for a diet. You see, big-name diets are 80% great marketing, 10% gimmick, and 10% solid nutritional basics. Frankly, it doesn’t matter which of those diets you’re on because the 10% nutritional basics are pretty much the same across the board.
And THIS is why your diet absolutely, positively, does not matter. I repeat, you do not need a diet with weird rules, limited food choices, and other obstacles which just make your life difficult. This stuff falls into the “gimmick” category. I’m here to tell you that you can easily achieve all of your body goals by forgetting all about that diet nonsense. Below, I’m going to identify the common denominators amongst all of these diets and show you how following these very basic eating premises will get you into the best shape of your life.
- Stacked side by side, nearly any trendy diet can be broken down into very simple parts. These simple parts are what help you lose weight, get lean, and feel healthier. It’s not the bells and whistles which are doing it…it’s the 10% basics I mentioned above.
So, ready to alter your eating habits and make that body transformation? Good; here’s how you’re going to do it…
Eat more vegetables than fruit. Yes fruit is good for you. However, it’s also full of sugar, and no, it doesn’t matter if it’s “natural”. Veggies on the other hand are almost exclusively full of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants, fiber, and important vitamins which help you live well. Vegetables should be the back bone of your diet and included at every meal.
- Protein is important. Make sure you’re eating .5-1 gram of protein per pound of body weight MOST days a week. Fish is a great source of protein and should be your go to.
- Do your best to avoid white flour, sugar, and processed foods. This stuff should go without saying, but if you think you’re going to lose weight while loading up on sugary, highly processed, and simple carb-y foods…you’re gonna have a bad time.
- Limit wheat products in general. This refers to whole wheat. Yes, unless you’re a segment of the population who is actually gluten-intolerant, a little wheat isn’t going to hurt you. Just make a point not to overload on bread, pastas, and other high-carb wheat products.
- Go free-range, organic, grass-fed IF possible. I won’t lie, some of this stuff is expensive. That said, there really is no debate about the health benefits of grass-fed beef over the factory farmed junk. If you can afford it, go for the higher quality stuff…but if it’s a real strain, just do the best you can. Regardless of which route you go, make sure you’re buying stuff in it’s most natural state and avoid the frozen, canned, and/or boxed junk.
That’s it. No rules to follow, no foods are exclusively off-limits, and there’s definitely no calorie-counting going on here. Eat lots of vegetables, get ample protein, and go easy on the wheat, while making sure to limit sugary, high-fat, highly processed foods.
This is the backbone of nearly any mainstream diet that’s been created for the masses. All the other stuff is bells and whistles which ironically, make things harder to adhere to. Shut that noise out, stick to the easy-to-follow basics above, and make 2015 the year you FINALLY adopt a “diet” you can live with.