Really Simple Dieting: Eat, Repeat, Lose.
I gave brief consideration to penning an entire April Fool’s article for today, but considering how prone this industry is to the proliferation of ridiculous claims and half-truths… I figured I should err on the side of caution and write a simple article on weight loss that works.
So today I’d like to build on a point I made in my last blog post about the general futility re: meal plans.
One of the teaching points I’ve been increasingly stressing to my clients is the need to simplify our diet selection – a lot. Humans are creatures of habit, so as long as your habits consist of repeating 4 or 5 healthy meals each day, then you can expect to get tremendous gains.
Obviously, the challenge then becomes “how do I identify my fav 5 meals?” Well it takes a little experimentation for sure, but it’s far easier to try and discover 4-5 healthy meals that someone likes to eat, instead of beginning a diet with the destined-to-fail expectation of creating a lavish meal plan consisting of 28-35 different healthy meals each week.
But what constitutes a healthy meal? Obviously, optimal health varies from person to person, due to genetic needs and different goals. However, in general, all of the recipes I’ve posted on this site can be considered healthy and make excellent choices as the foundation for a healthy, weight-loss oriented meal plan.
To illustrate how this work in reality, I’ve selected four recipes that I’ve posted on the blog over the past couple of years:
- Breakfast: protein pancakes
- Lunch: chili
- Snack: homemade protein bar + 15 carrots
- Dinner: chicken curry served atop 2 cups mashed cauliflower
Successful dieting really is as simple as starting with recipes such as these and repeating them, often. Now I know that anyone unfamiliar with the recipes I spotlight might be thinking “but diet food sucks” and I would have to agree. Thankfully, my recipes aren’t diet food, but rather awesome meals that happen to fit as part of a healthy diet.
It’s a subtle and important distinction…
Now before we jump on the “just eat the same foods everyday” bandwagon, it’s important to see if those foods actually provide us enough of the vital nutrients our bodies require. Although you may be able to eat a steady diet of fruit loops and bagels and peanut butter… those really aren’t foods of champions.
Taking a look at the 4 meals above, when I run a nutrient analysis on them here is what came back:
Excellent macronutrient profile and with the exception of calcium and vitamin D (which many people need to supplement with regardless of the quality of their diet), this is an exceptionally robust meal plan. Looks like our efforts to simplify Jane’s life have resulted in a huge win for her health… as well as her meal prep time.
Obviously I’m not suggesting that my recipes are the only way to succeed. In reality, the best route to success is for each of you becoming your own food scientist and experimenting with the flavours and combinations that yield the types of meals you can enjoy routinely. But by approaching diet and meal planning with the goal of K.I.S.S. (start by finding 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner and a couple of snack options), your chances for success increase significantly.
Give it a try, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your body responds!
To help you start with this new approach to simple eating, here’s an amazing broccoli soup recipe I created. It’s been featured quite prominently as part of my weight loss program, The Final Diet, but it’s so good that I really need to share it on my blog as well.
The beauty of this recipe is that the broccoli does not overwhelm anything, making it quite suitable for broccoli lovers and not-so-lovers alike. Enjoy!
Cream of Broccoli Soup
- 6 cups broccoli
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 cups soup stock
- 1 dash Salt and pepper
- Steam broccoli, then add to blender.
- Bring chicken broth to a boil, then add to blender
- Add coconut milk, garlic & pepper to blender
- Close lid and blend for 30 seconds.
Makes 6 servings.
To turn into more of a complete meal, add 4-6 oz. grilled salmon or grilled chicken.
Nutrition Info (per serving): 150 kcal, 13 g fat, 5 g carbs (2 g fibre), 4 g protein.
This soup is quick, easy and nutritious. Try this recipe and see if it can become one of your fav 5.
Till next time, train hard and eat clean!