If you don't like pizza and ice cream, you need not read any further.
To kick things off, I want to tell you guys about a diet idea. It isn't revolutionary, but most people haven't considered it. To the Average Joe, put a banana sundae in front of him and ask him how healthy it is and he will laugh at you. Well, I'm here to tell you that you can eat all kinds of junk food and still lose fat.
"Oh, that's a load of crap!" Yes, I heard you say that just now (don't look behind you). The key here is moderation. A little later, I will show you a video that helps prove my point(A man diets down to single digit body fat while eating 50% of his daily calories from ice cream!), but for now let's go over the basics. You know that food has calories, and that calories come from carbs, fat, and protein, right? Every food has what we call a 'macronutrient profile' (or Nutrition Information) that is unique. For example, one slice of wheat bread has 50 calories, 1 gram of fat,10 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of protein. However, one Cookies & Creme Pop Tart (my favorite) has 190 calories, 5 grams of fat, 35 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein. Most of those calories are in the form of sugar (a carb).
Now that we understand that, we next need to know how many of each macronutrient (fat, protein, and carbohydrate) that we need per day. For a weightlifter or someone that is trying to gain muscle, a good starting point for nutrition would be at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. For a 2200 calorie per day diet, around 75 grams of fat is a good number to shoot for. The rest of your calories should be filled with carbs (1 gram of fat has 9 calories, 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carb both contain 4 calories). I trust you can do the math.
You now have your macronutrient goals for the day. Now what? Well, this is where it gets fun. You can eat whatever you want. Anything. Well, anything edible. Simply take a look at the nutrition label before you chow down and get a good idea of how many grams of fat,protein, and carbs you about to inhale. Keep track of these numbers. You can keep them in your head or jot them on a piece of paper, but I find it exceedingly simple to just use a calorie tracking program. My favorite is MyFitnessPal (myfitnesspal.com). They have an app that is great for your smartphone or tablet.
That's it. Simple, isn't it? It all boils down to calories consumed being less than calories burned. If you know both of these values, then you can adjust them to your liking and you'll be ripped in no time! For evidence, here is a video of a father who dieted down into single digit body fat, all while eating 50% of his daily calories from ice cream! It's hard to believe, but it's the truth! Watch all of his videos if you have the time.
Until next time!