What the Heck Should I Make for Dinner? The 12 Simple Nutritional Principles Behind Weight Loss Success Stories
There are truly only a very few number of things you actually need to do to lose weight, live a better life, or, honestly, just feel better.
One of the big things is nutrition.
In particular, I want to share the twelve principles that seem to have worked best for my students and clients.
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What Really Works (Simple Nutrition)
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And now, let’s jump in.
Simple Nutrition Habit #1: What We Eat for Dinner Has a Special Power
Principle number one sounds strange – what you eat for dinner has a hidden power.
What I find is that one of the simplest nutritional predictors of whether or not someone is healthy or not, is whether they make dinner.
It shows a certain level of focus, discipline, and effort dedicated to taking the time to be healthy (even after a long work day).
Simple Nutrition Habit #2: Deconstruct Weight Loss
What does this really mean?
Let’s face it, there’s a lot of stuff you could be doing to lose weight – in fact, there are probably hundreds of things that range from diets, to tactics.
But the paradox is that there are only a few things you should be focusing on.
First, what if you broke down weight loss?
What if on one piece of paper you wrote down all the possible things you could do?
All the thousands of thousands of things you could possibly do, and then what if you just circled five and then focused on those?
Simple Nutrition Habit #3: The Weight Loss Industry Lies to You
This is shocking. I know.
Really very surprising.
Most of the stuff we read in tabloids is there because people know we will read it.
I mean they have to sell magazines. There’s nothing wrong with that.
But I hate the level of manipulation that these magazines go into, suggesting a new fat, diet, or pill-popping strategy of the week.
Don’t eat carbs after six. Not real.
All these simple little fad diets like the cookie diet. We know it can’t be true.
We know it can’t possibly work, yet we try it.
What’s the best advice?
The old cliché advice. The cliches are where the truth is.
Eat food you cook.
Eat a little bit less.
Keep sugar moderate.
Eat actual food.
Simple Nutrition Habit #4: All Diet-Based Strategies Fail
Habit number four, all diets fail.
Think about that. Really think about that. If your strategy is picking another diet or another plan. you’ve done that 10 times and you’re not getting to where you want to be, it’s not the diet that needs changing. It’s something else.
What is that something?
Simple Nutrition Habit #5: A Simple Framework for What to Eat
Many people email me saying they’re trying “XYZ” plan, and aren’t getting the results that they really want.
Mostly real food, number one, and then number two, if you’ve been doing that for over 100 days and you haven’t been seeing weight loss, then you can email me.
Lots of the time when I work with clients, I find that we often are looking for shortcuts or “revolutionary new advice” rather than just sticking with the time-tested advice that works (but is unsexy).
If you view your (new ipad pro) as a dinner plate, you can begin to gauge how to break up meals.
Putting your (old, small) iphone as the protein size, the remaining half as your veggies, and the remainder on the top as your carbs, you have a healthy, mediterranean meal.
Simple Nutrition Habit #8: Is Counting Calories Really Important?
I’m not a big fan of counting calories, because for the average person counting calories doesn’t work very well.
Of course counting works – for reaching any goal in life.
But is it sustainable with counting calories?
For you, if it is, do it. If it’s not, then don’t.
Personally I tend to find more “intuitive” ways to work with my clients about portioning their meals, because it’s much more practical.
Simple Nutrition Habit #9: Just One Habit Can Help Kickstart Everything
If you think it requires a massive amount of complexity and strategy to get fit, look at my student Shannon who finally got down to her pre-pregnancy weight.
She hadn’t been there in 10 years, and it wasn’t a matter of finding the world’s most complex workout plan – she and her husband cultivated one habit. They didn’t exercise. They didn’t do all these crazy fads they saw other people doing.