Why Your Diet Isn't WorkingApr 03, 2023
When it comes to meeting your goals, nutrition is 80% of the battle. Some experts say 90%.
Have you ever heard of the saying, "The best nutrition program is the one you can stick to?"
Well, it's true.
Let me share a story with you to explain why.
I once worked with a woman who was determined to get in shape and lose weight.
She tried every diet out there, from low-carb to paleo to juice cleanses, but nothing seemed to work for her.
She would stick to the plan for a week or two, but eventually, she would get tired of the restrictions and give up.
One day, she decided to take a different approach.
She started small by making just one change to her nutrition. In particular, she began alternating cycles of fasting and eating, also known as intermittent fasting.
She didn't change anything else about her diet.
And you know what? It worked.
She lost five pounds in a month, just by implementing intermittent fasting.
Encouraged by her success, she decided to make another small change.
She started eating a salad with her lunch every day, while still sticking to her intermittent fasting routine.
Again, it worked.
She lost another five pounds in a month.
Over time, she continued to make small changes to her diet while maintaining her intermittent fasting routine, and eventually, she reached her goal weight.
But the key was that she did it in a way that was sustainable for her.
She didn't try to overhaul her entire diet overnight.
She made small, manageable changes that she could stick to and kept up with her intermittent fasting routine.
So, why am I telling you this story?
Because I want you to know that the most successful nutrition program is the one that you are capable of doing and that truly works for you.
Why Your Diet Isn't Working
Do you struggle with lack of energy?
Are you dealing with achy and stiff joints?
Or maybe the things that used to work to lose weight aren't working these days no matter how hard you try?
If you've tried intermittent fasting and are ready for more strategies, follow these tips:
1. Determine your calorie requirements
Want to gain muscle? Lose fat? Both?
First step is to figure out how many calories you need right now.
I explain how to figure this out when you join our results-guaranteed coaching program.
Step 2: Choose your food
This is way easier than most folks think. Just choose fresh, unprocessed, organic foods.
Literally anything that is fresh, unprocessed and organic.
Pair a lean protein (sauteed ground turkey) with a fat (grilled avocado w/ toasted walnuts).
You could also pair a protein (grilled chicken) with a carb (mixed vegetables).
Whatever meal you choose, wash it down with water.
And don't be afraid to invest in good food.
You can pay your grocer or pay your doctor.
3. All of the best-selling diet books have these principles in common
👉3-4 meals daily (just be mindful of calories no matter how many meals you choose)
👉3 hours between meals
👉16-20 oz water before each meal
👉Each meal consists of carbs (fresh fruit/vegetables) and a lean protein
👉Choose unprocessed and as close to nature as possible
👉Choose foods that give you the most volume for the least calories (spinach vs. pasta)
👉Prepare meals for entire week ahead of time. We prep on Sundays and Wednesdays
Truth is, it's not about following the latest fad diet or eating a certain number of calories every day.
It's about finding what works for you and your lifestyle.
Please note that whatever nutritional habits you follow: Paleo, Keto, Occasional Fasting, Gluten free, Vegan, etc.
...you must take action and actually do.
Maybe that means cutting out sugary juices.
Or maybe it means eating smaller portions or adding more vegetables to your meals.
It's not about perfection - it's about progress.
So, take some time to think about what changes you can make to your diet that are sustainable for you.
And remember, the best nutrition program is the one that you can stick to.
If you want to help others, you need to help yourself first.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.