You’ve heard at least one of the following diets: paleo diet, atkins diet, ketogenic, intermittent fasting, south beach, whole 30. You may think these diets have gained incredibly popularity because they’ve revealed something brand new. Let’s debunk this for you right now: a diet is a way for you to consume fewer than your maintenance calories. Every one of these diets is an ‘easy’ way for you to cut calories. Throughout this section, we’ll provide an overview of the different diets. You can skip all of this information and check out our calorie counter section if you want to learn exactly how to get started with nutrition right now.
What You Can Expect on a Diet
In our nutrition and calorie counting sections, you’ve read that in order to lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you’re burning. Each of these diets aims to help you stay below your maintenance calories by trying every trick in the book: no carbs, high-fat, and shortened eating windows, to name a few. In general, these rules help someone overweight cut out highly-caloric foods to help get below maintenance level.
Clean-Up Your Drinks Immediately
These diets have general rules for food, but every diet out there will incorporate one golden rule: stop drinking soda immediately. The first and easiest sacrifice you can to lose weight is to stop drinking your calories. You will not believe how much easier your transformation gets when you replace soda with WATER.
You’ll learn very quickly that sugary drinks are worthless. Drinking your calories through sugary drinks wrecks your progress. This means goodbye soda, frappuccino’s, juices, sports drinks…the list goes on. You’re on a flexible diet now, which means you CAN drink these drinks, but by drinking high-sugar and highly-caloric drinks, you’re doing yourself a MAJOR disservice.
How to use the following sections
By now you’ve already read our section on calorie counting. If not, then read that first before coming back to diets. The most effective way to approach this section is this: find the elements of each diet that work best for you, your macros, and your goals, and incorporate those elements to make it easier.
Diets offer an incredible benefit: they make it easy to tell ‘good foods’ from ‘bad foods’. Some of these rules will come in handy. For example, the ketogenic diet will recommend avocados has a great healthy fat source. You don’t NEED to be in ketosis to enjoy avocados. Instead, make a mental note and then incorporate these rules to best work for you.