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“Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It’s like a conspiracy.”-Jim Henson. We’ve all heard the famous Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The […]

“Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It’s like a conspiracy.”-Jim Henson. We’ve all heard the famous Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same principle can be applied to health and wellness. Teach a person how to grocery shop, cook well-balanced recipes, mesh healthy eating habits into their busy lives and make positive choices, and they will be set for life. Hand them a pre-manufactured frozen TV dinner and – well, you can see where this is going, right?
The diet and exercise industry has the largest amount of fads than any other. Simply stated, any diet that requires the subject to eat a decreased amount of calories for a set period of time will be a diet that, in some capacity, works. Will the person learn how to feed him or herself for the long term? Maybe. Will he or she keep the weight off? Probably not.
The Diet works because it is not a diet. It is a set of common-sense principles that, when applied, outlines a way of eating for longevity. The results are energy, increased vitality, overall vibrancy and a brighter outlook and yes, when portioned correctly, weight loss.
I don’t believe in counting calories. I don’t believe in using artificial anything. Why? Because we don’t need to count calories if we’re eating clean. What is the calorie count of grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli and a palm full of quinoa? Who cares?
The only time I notice people counting calories is when they’re eating something they shouldn’t be. Your calorie expenditure fluctuates easily from day to day even if your schedule appears to be exactly the same. We must eat based on our
actions, not our emotions. A fork in the road does not warrant a spoon in the mouth. For example, you thought this Monday would be like every other Monday – but you walk in to work to find out those reports are due today, not tomorrow; the boss is breathing down your neck; your computer just exploded, and the copy machine is leaking something gnarly. Oh, and your kid’s school nurse called. His temperature is 102. Now you are burning more calories than usual through accelerated cognitive function and increased physical activity. You go get your kid and take him to the doctor, so you get home two hours later than usual. You now get to the gym late and all the treadmills are taken so instead of a light run you do squats.
All these things add up and it’s drastically different compared to Tuesday, when there’s no work to be done because you did it all Monday, the kid is healthy and your schedule is back on track, so you get to go home and take a nap before you head to the gym – on time! The difference in calories you’ve expended on Monday compared with Tuesday is dramatic.
Most people make the mistake of following a general template diet that restricts calories or food groups and shows no regard for energy expenditure. The sample meal plans outlined in this book show you how whole foods consumed often and in great variety is the true secret to Living Lean.
Be accountable for what goes into your body.
Be honest with yourself.
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