Is Your Diet “Normal Life” Proof?

July 10, 2016 | 11 Comments

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2013 is here!

And let’s face it –  losing weight is, and always will be the #1 New Year’s resolution.

Over the next few months you will see millions of people try new diets and you will see millions of people fail.

Why do we fail?

It’s not because the diet itself doesn’t work. It’s because most commercial diets out there are unsustainable for everyday life.

Most people go out to eat. They love doughnuts and greasy fried meats. They drink alcohol. They’re surrounded by an endless parade of cheap and tasty fast food options.

Most conventional diets take the extreme route and eliminate all your favorite foods, but to achieve long-term weight loss success, that’s not always the answer.

Cutting out your favorite foods gets you nowhere

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If you love doughnuts then why the hell would ever try to go low carb?

It doesn’t make any sense. You’re never going to stop loving doughnuts, so why even try.

The same goes for any other diet.

Almost all commercial diets have you eating a handful of foods while eliminating others.

  • The Glycemic Index Diet only lets you eat low GI foods.
  • The Paleo diet only lets you eat foods that “cavemen” would eat.
  • Detox juicing diets are a big fat scam with no scientific evidence to back it up (your liver and kidney detox just fine).
  • The Blood-Type diet is just an embarrassing cluster-fuck of misinformation that I won’t even attempt to explain here.

You get my point…

If your diet doesn’t let you eat carbs, are you seriously never going to eat carbs again for the rest of your life.

These types of diets force you to structure your life around your diet. They are unsustainable and shouldn’t be done if you want to live a normal flexible lifestyle.

What most people need to succeed is a “normal life” proof diet – a diet plan where you’re able to eat how you want, when you want without extreme restrictions.

“You must create a calorie deficit to lose weight but eating sugar will make you fat”

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Man this pisses me off.

In fact it’s probably the most annoying thing I read in fitness publications.

The writer clearly states that the only way to lose fat is by creating a calorie deficit which is 100% true.

But then the writer ruins their statement by saying how eating any amount of sugar, fat, or [inset bad food here] will make you fat.

So what the person is saying is that you can lose weight as long as you create a calorie deficit but the moment you eat some sugar, you’re going to get fat.

Geez, no wonder people are so confused about nutrition.

What life without some pie?

Always question authority

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Just because you hear a doctor or personal trainer tell you about how you should be doing paleo or low carb or whatever…it doesn’t mean they’re right. Ironically, doctors are some of the worst sources for dieting advice.

In fact, any advice given by someone who takes an extreme stance towards any side of nutrition should be avoided altogether.

You can give those diets a shot and if it works for you, then great, keep doing whatever works for you.

But if you fail, convincing yourself that you need to do that specific diet because it’s the “best” is just stupid.

You need to understand that there is no “best” diet plan. The best diet is the one you can follow.

4-step action plan: Making your diet normal life proof

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Here’s a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to help you create a more diet plan that you actually enjoy doing.

  1. Create a calorie deficit – The cornerstone of any diet plan. 12 x bodyweight in pounds is a good starting point.
  2. Ignore meal frequency – You can eat 1 meal per day or 5 meals per day, it doesn’t matter.
  3. Cover your “bases – ” Eat plenty of fruits, veggies, plus get some protein and healthy fats in your body.
  4. That’s it. Focus on the total amount of calories you eat and actually eat the foods you love.

How to free yourself from restrictive dieting forever

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If you want a more in-depth explanation on how to free yourself from restrictive dieting check out what John Barban has to say with his Anything Goes Diet System.

John is one of my go-to guys when it comes to dieting and living a super-flexible lifestyle. He really goes in-depth on how to live the flexible dieting lifestyle and how to literally eat anything you want and still lose fat. In fact, I remember John saying he ate a doughnut every single day as he was dieting down. Crazy!

What does your diet currently look like? Is it normal life proof? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Amen.

    It’s so simple that nobody actually wants to do it. But I guess us lean folk can just keep the ‘secret’ to ourselves then right? Don’t overeat, eat foods you like, and eat as healthy as possible most of the time. Simple.

  2. Just had 2 slices of pizza, a cookie, and half a banana nut muffin after 6 days of eating right and lifting.

    Think I’ll read up on what Barban has to say in addition to the AGR.

    Thanks for the heads up on some good sources.

  3. Since reading your articles I have stopped being obsessed with eating clean and started watching calories instead of what I’m eating. I am finally starting to lose weight ! And I can eat cake again woohoo! Thank you!

  4. I would like to say firstly what you are doing with this website is great. It’s very easy these days to become diet and fitness OCD with the amount of stuff floating on the internet!

    Whilst I agree with most of what you have said in this article, I do believe diets have the right intention at heart. Whilst a lot of people need or want to lose weight, sure you need to create a calorie deficit, but at the same time food is more than just a means to lose weight.

    Foods are not created equal, and some will make your mind and body feel better than others, whilst others although tasty will make you feel terrible in the long run.

    I think sacrificing some foods can be a good thing, sometimes you realize you can actually do without some things and you end up feeling better for it.

    I think a good idea is to minimize some foods or eliminate completely, and then skew your diet to what makes you feel the best. You might take on the principles of a paleo diet, but also add in a small amount of carbs should you need it.

    1. Well a lot of diets are businesses that try to emotionally manipulate consumers or are based around a supplement that costs $50-100 a month. Not all diets have the right intention. A lot are in it just to make money.

  5. THANK YOU! This is the first time I have ever read that you can eat what you want….just watch the calories. At 49 I decided to exercise more and watch ,y caloric intake (all the while my 29 year old fitness obsessed co-worker told me I would never lose weight because I was #1 older. #2 because I am older my metabolism was slow and #3 decreasing my calories would only slow my metabolism more. what a load of BS! I am happy to report that I am 25 pounds thinner in a 6 month period AND the most fit I have been my entire life. 10 more pounds and I am at my goal. I love your site.

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