“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo de Vinci
So I’m going to dedicate this post to my official diet philosophy. Now unlike most people, I don’t follow any predetermined meal plans or anything that’s particularly structured.
Up until about 2 years ago, I’ve done so many damn diets. I’ve done paleo, low carb, anabolic, low glycemic, carb cylcing… the list goes on and on.
But now, I’m all about freedom and keeping things simple.
The Official FitMole Diet Philosophy
- The total amount of calories you eat per day must take precedence over EVERYTHING else.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Aim for a minimum of 0.6 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day.
- Don’t go super low-fat. Fats are essential for hormone production and some vitamins are only fat soluble. I don’t want you to obsess over the grams of fat you eat, but do your best to get some fats in your diet.
- Carb intake can vary from person to person but I don’t recommend going low-carb since you need carbs to train intensely.
- Take a high quality multivitamin and 6-10 grams of fish oil per day.
- Eat foods you actually enjoy. There’s no need to live on brown rice and chicken. If you want to eat some pizza and ice cream, then go for it but watch your overall calories and remember, everything in moderation. Yes it’s cliche but when it comes to dieting, it means everything.
- Most importantly – don’t complicate things. A lot of people like to track their exact macronutrient intake each day but that’s really not necessary unless you’re a competitive bodybuilder/fitness model. Keep things simple. Eat foods you enjoy and keep a rough estimate of how much you eat. Don’t over analyze and don’t over stress.
Find what works for you
As you can see, my diet philosophy is VERY flexible, maybe even too flexible for some tastes. I know a lot of people like diets that are structured and rigid, and if that is you then you should probably follow a plan that offers step-by-step meal plans.
If there’s anything I want you to take away from this article it’s this: use the points above as a baseline and customize it to fit your lifestyle. Experiment with different macronutrient ratios, find what works for you, and adjust accordingly.
I plan on writing a full blown diet book based on these principles detailing how to find the perfect diet tailored to your lifestyle. Hopefully, it’ll be out sometime this year.
Do you follow a structured diet or do you freestyle it like me? Let me know in the comments.
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