Have you ever wondered what the best diet for fat loss is? Truthfully, there isn’t one.
There is no single “right” way to eat for fat loss. In fact, most dietary approaches are just tools that are used to achieve certain principles. But the magic is not in the tools—it’s in the principles. The principles are what get you results. As a result, many approaches can be successful, if they address the following things.
On the nutrition side of things:
- Create a calorie deficit
- Eat enough protein
- Eat mostly whole foods
On the lifestyle side of things:
- Weight train
- Get enough sleep
- Manage stress
Today I’m going to focus on the most important factor: the calorie deficit. To lose fat, you must eat fewer calories than you burn. And while tracking calories is the most direct way to ensure you get there, at the end of the day, it’s just a tool.
If tracking doesn’t work for you, find a tool that does. The tricky part is that there are so many tools out there. Just to name a few, there’s low fat, low carb, paleo, Zone, intermittent fasting, clean eating, IIFYM, Weight Watchers, and many more.
They can all work. The real question is: which one can you stick to? As long as you base your approach on the basic principles above, you have a lot of flexibility in choosing the method that gets you there.
You may need to try out a few different tools before you figure out what works for you. And the tool you start with may not be the one that ends up working best—but that’s OK. If one doesn’t work, try something else.
There isn’t one single tool that you absolutely must use to achieve your goal. The tool that works for me may not be a good fit for you, and vice versa. Remember, it’s the principles that get you results, and there’s more than one road leading to the finish line.
Focus on the basics, and avoid bogus fads and quick fixes. After that, you’ll have the freedom to experiment and figure out what works for you. And, most importantly, what you can do consistently for the long haul.