This might sound strange, but I don’t diet anymore. I don’t get any of my clients to diet either. You might be ready to call me out on this one: “if you don’t diet, then how are you always lean?” You’ve seen my pics and videos – I always have visible abs. And my clients achieve strong, lean physiques. So, how is this possible without dieting?
The Don’t-“Diet” Diet Protocol
My approach to nutrition and fat loss is through using what I’ve coined as The Don’t-“Diet” Diet Protocol. I call it this, because my “diet” isn’t a diet at all.
A “diet” is a temporary short term way of eating to force temporary unsustainable weight loss.
However, my protocol implements an enjoyable way of eating for sustainable maintainable permanent results.
Diets don’t work!
I don’t like fad diets or crash diets. They don’t work. Well actually they CAN work. Except you end up putting any weight you lose back on, and often gain even more weight than before! That is why, for results that stick, you need to be eating in a way that you can actually stick to!
It sounds obvious, but for sustainable results, you need to be eating foods that you actually like! For example, you can only stick to eating fish everyday for so long if you don’t like fish!
And you need to be eating enough food too! You can try and crash diet by starving yourself. But again, for how long do you expect to stick to this before the hunger becomes overbearing?!
Then there are things to consider like eating patterns, meal frequency, flexibility, and having a balanced healthy diet. You probably wouldn’t stick to a diet for long if it meant not having breakfast, yet you know that you are ravenously hungry every morning.
Don’t cut out food groups
Additionally, I don’t like cutting out food groups either. Unless you have some kind of allergy or medical condition, I see no need to deprive your body of essential nutrients!
Flexibility and variety are key. And that means allowing yourself some junk food, too! I’m not saying to eat nothing but sweets and treats! But I do believe that you should leave a little room in your food intake for small indulgences. For many people, cutting out junk food completely can be depressing, and it often leads to cravings. By allowing yourself a little junk food in moderation, you will be less likely to end up binge eating it later!