We all know that we should eat more fruits, vegetables, and protein; drink more water; and stay away from junk food (aka food with no nutritional value).
The hard part isn’t knowing or learning, but rather implementation: trying to do it over the long term is where many of us get tripped up.
This is why crash diets are still so rampant and so many people are doing themselves more harm than good in an effort to get healthier.
But what most people aren’t aware of is the fact that their so-called “healthy” diet often isn’t enough to get them the results they’re looking for.
Assuming that they are trying to lose body fat; tone up; build some lean muscle; improve their endurance; feel better in their clothes; and have more energy, most people are going about it all wrong!
See, there is a huge difference between eating a healthy diet and a diet that’s “fat loss-friendly”.
A healthy diet may help you manage your weight; cholesterol; blood pressure, and other indicators of good health, but it’s not necessarily helping you lose body fat.
Alternatively, a fat loss-friendly diet is healthy by default. It’s much stricter, and is designed to help you feel as full as possible on as few calories as possible.
This is because eating for fat loss is about balancing your hormones so that your hunger, energy, and cravings are under control. If you’re fighting hunger and cravings all the time, that’s a huge drag on your willpower, which is a finite resource.
Most people who succeed on fat loss diets learn how to work around the need to rely on willpower and a huge part of this involves creating routine around your diet and simplifying nutrition down to the basics.
It sounds boring, and frankly it is! But when you want to lose fat, the more routinized your diet, the better!
Eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods like veggies, low-sugar fruits, lean protein, unsaturated fats, and non-inflammatory starches;
Eating relatively the same things every day, week, month, etc., at the same relative times every day (every 2-3 hours or so); and
Eating foods that are easy and require very little mental bandwidth to prepare. Variety is earned, and success on a fat loss plan comes to those who aren’t afraid to buy into the basics (’cause they work!)
When our diet is simple, it’s easy to stay compliant. We’re creatures of habit anyway, so why not sure it to our advantage?!
Eating “healthy” is where you want to end up…not necessarily where you want to start.
You want to first kick your cravings, get a handle on your hunger, and stabilize your energy levels, which is what establishing your metabolic baseline is all about.