They hardly ever work and most people just end up gaining the weight back. You can read the 14 reasons most people fail on a diet here.
There are so many diets, it’s ridiculous!
Just a few years ago, you had the South Beach Diet, the Zone Diet, the Atkins Diet, the Low Fat Diet, the Low Carb Diet.
Now you have the Paleo Diet, Intermittent Fasting, and a dozen more that I won’t mention. If you want to look at the top diets in 2018, you can find them here.
I really wish diets worked because I think they sound great and I love reading about them. I even try most diets to check how well they work…
But do you know why there are so many diets?
It’s because the authors and marketing teams know you’ll buy the book and try yet another diet… I was personally told by publishers that books with the word “diet” in the title sell more copies!
If people actually got results on a diet, they would never need to consider another diet again.
Well, there is a diet that works. But nobody has written a book about it because it’s not flashy and it’s not sexy. It’s plain, simple, and boring… yet it gets the best results.
It’s the best diet you’ll ever find…
Just because it’s plain and simple, doesn’t mean it’s bad. It means it works but there’s no flashy gimmick.
Imagine eating in a way that was simple and didn’t involve counting calories.
A style of eating that caused your body to burn fat… even when you’re sleeping.
And a way to make your body alkaline rather than acidic… this is important because creating an alkaline body prevents disease and strengthens your immune system.
This diet does all that… and it’s easy to maintain because it doesn’t eliminate food groups or force you to turn your life upside down. It meets you where you’re at (what a concept).
Here We Go – 7 Simple Concepts
So let’s look at this “magic” diet and see why it really is the best. Here’s how it breaks down:
Concept 1 – Eat Five Times A Day
First of all, it’s important you eat five times a day. I don’t care what you’ve heard about intermittent fasting… eating five times a day is best.
Intermittent fasting is a load of crap. The proponents claim there was a bunch of research done about testosterone levels and the body burning extra fat but it’s a lie that everyone somehow believes.
Here’s a real example to demonstrate what I’m talking about:
Bodybuilders… some of the leanest people on the planet… eat six and even seven times a day.
Sumo wrestlers… in order to put on as much weight as possible… eat only once per day. They practice intermittent fasting and they are some of the heaviest people on the planet. They aren’t known for being lean.
Despite the clear real-world results of intermittent fasting, people still jump on the bandwagon and profess that it’s some scientific diet to burn fat.
For over 40 years, we’ve known that eating five times a day is ideal. Doing so delivers the food to the body in smaller doses so the body can more easily digest the food.
Frequent meals balance your blood-sugar levels (important for burning fat). Eating frequently prevents you from getting overly hungry and binging. And eating smaller meals more frequently keeps your metabolism high (ideal for burning fat).
Concept 2 – Eat Protein at Every Meal
So far, there’s nothing new here that you haven’t heard… but let’s take a closer look at protein to bust up some myths and misconceptions.
First of all, plants don’t count as protein. That means nuts don’t count as a protein. They are a fat… and that’s the truth. I’ll explain in a second.
Unless your are a complete vegan, you really do need protein from animal sources: fish, poultry, meat, and eggs.
Plant protein simply doesn’t digest and absorb into the body like animal protein. So when you eat nuts, they are primarily a fat, and the tiny amount of protein on the label doesn’t even get fully absorbed by the body…
Plus, you have to combine two or three foods to get a complete protein and by then, your carbs have gone through the roof.
That means you won’t be losing any fat!
Second, you need more protein than most people tell you. Women should get around 80g-100g per day (15g-20g per meal). Men should get around 150g-200g per day (30g-40g per meal).
Protein is what helps the body repair tissue and muscle. It also keeps your blood-sugar levels under control and slows the absorption of carbohydrates… all keys to encourage fat loss.
Protein is even more essential when you start working out and you’re active. You need to replenish the body and repair tissue… and protein is a huge part in that (note: keep reading to find out why you’ll still want to combine protein with carbs).
Concepts 3 – Sugar Is Your Enemy (Even Fruit)
Of all the foods, sugar is the worst for your body. It’s worse than fat and even greasy foods. Sugar is acidic, it weakens your immune system and it really taxes your pancreas…
… hello – that’s why so many people are diabetic these days…
Even the sugar in fruit is still sugar and still impacts the body the same way.
So what… you shouldn’t eat fruit anymore?
Actually, you still need fruit and it is a “health food” but there are specific times and ways to eat fruits:
- Never eat fruit in the later part of the day. You should instead have it with breakfast and a mid-morning snack.
- Never eat fruit by itself. You need to combine it with a protein (not nuts) to slow the absorption and balance the effect it has on your blood-sugar.
- Stay away from dried fruit. Often it contains added sugar.
So how much sugar should you get per meal?
The answer is to shoot for seven grams or less. Especially in a protein bar or protein shake.
Most bars contain 20g or more of sugar… you may as well eat a candy bar at that point.
Concept 4 – You Need Carbohydrates
Low carb and no carb diets will never work long term. They just won’t. It’s unrealistic for most people, and the effects on the body aren’t great either.
Whole grains like rice, quinoa, couscous, even certain whole-wheat foods are necessary. The key is to choose carbs that are very complex, don’t trigger any food allergies (we’ll talk about that later) and help your body remain alkaline (we’ll talk about that later too).
The fact is, carbohydrates are what the body uses for energy. When you combine them with protein and fats, the body operates extremely efficiently and you feel great. You also lose fat and can stay lean.
The biggest factor when you eat carbs is WHEN you eat them.
Here are the rules with carbs:
- Always combine them with protein. Never just have a carb for a meal (i.e. crackers).
- Stop eating carbs at 4:00 p.m. … most people eat most of their carbs at night. The body doesn’t need to use the energy, so it stores it as fat. This is why most Americans are overweight.
- Stay away from simple sugars (cereals and breads) and consume complex carbs instead (rice, quinoa, couscous, rice pasta, etc.).
Cutting carbs out of dinner may be the single easiest and most impactful thing you can do.
In just a moment, I’ll explain how to pick carbs that are more alkaline for your body… keep reading.
Concept 5 – Good Fats Help You LOSE Weight
When you consume good fats (i.e. almonds, fish, olive oil, etc.) your body will often lose fat.
One of the “rules” people still blindly follow is the low-fat rules from the 1980’s… Well, it’s time you know the truth.
The 1980’s are over, and so is the low-fat myth.
Good fats work with your body’s endocrine system. This is how the body regulates itself.
When you supply your body with healthy fats, it runs more efficiently and burns more fat.
The low-fat myth started because way back in the day scientists thought calories were the only factor in weight-loss and weight gain.
Based on this rationale, people figured, “let’s cut fat out because a gram of fat has more than twice as many calories than a gram of carbs or protein.”
This is one of those cases when the idea SOUNDS good, but it really doesn’t work with practical application.
After 30 years, we realized fats are essential and helpful for weight loss… so long as you don’t go overboard and consume too much fat.
Think of fat as a balancer.
In each meal, there should be a small serving of a healthy fat (between 7g-12g). The small serving of fat will further slow the absorption of carbohydrates, keep your blood sugar in regulation, and help keep you full longer so you don’t get as many cravings.
As a result, you burn more fat and maintain a leaner body.
Concept 6 – Alkalinity and Acidity
If you applied everything we’ve talked about so far, the application would look something like this:
- Eat five meals a day that include a serving of protein and small serving of fat
- Include a healthy complex carbohydrate at 4 out of 5 meals… making sure dinner has NO carbs
- Limit your fruit to breakfast (and maybe your mid-morning meal)
- Stay away from high-sugar foods (including those wannabe protein bars)
Now let’s look at finalizing this diet for optimal health. That means keeping your body alkaline.
You do this two ways.
First, at each meal include a fat that is alkaline (i.e. almonds) and/or veggies that are alkaline.
Second, choose carbohydrates that are alkaline.
Below is a chart withe alkaline/acidic levels of foods.
Meats are all acidic. So if you can put two other foods on your plate that are alkaline, you will get a 2:1 alkaline ratio and create an alkaline state for your body.
Here’s an example
- Shredded Chicken with quinoa and asparagus coated in an olive oil with garlic herbs seasoning.
This meal actually has a 3:1 alkaline balance.
At this point, this may be the perfect diet for your body to lose fat, increase your immune system, and give you unlimited energy.
Concept 7 – Dairy
The last concept is about dairy. The majority of people in the world have a food allergy to dairy. In fact, the term “lactose intolerant” is gone. The new term is “lactose-persistent” because only a small percentage (around 25%) of people can actually digest dairy without any allergies.
Dairy allergies don’t always show up in the form of vomiting or getting sick.
You might get a mild stomach ache. Your nose or throat might get congested. You may just get tired…
… these are all symptoms of food allergies. Some are mild and some are severe.
If you think you absolutely need dairy, the best time to consume it is in the morning (and watch out for sugar because many dairy products contain added sugar to extend their shelf life).
Final Thoughts About The Best Diet You’ll Ever Find
It’s not sexy. Nor is it glamorous. But these 7 simple concepts can literally transform your body, zap fat, strengthen your immune system, and give you tons of energy:
- 5 Meals a day
- Protein at each meal
- Low sugar
- Smart carbs
- Healthy fats
- Alkaline foods
- Dairy sensitivity
It doesn’t have to be hard, and you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. If you cheat on a couple meals each week, you’ll be fine.
The key is consistency. That means coming up with a plan to make sure you build good habits. Prepare your food ahead of time so you make good choices. Know your schedule for the day so you can plan around it.
In a future article, I’ll discuss a few secrets I use to make my eating a lot easier and what I do when the unexpected happens.
Until then, leave me a comment. Ask any questions. And be great!