If you spend any time on social media or watching TV today, you will undoubtedly come across the newest diet trend. “Don’t eat too much fruit!” “You have to drink a lot of caffeine!” “Dark chocolate is good for you!” It’s tough to make your way through the weeds in today’s world when you’re constantly bombarded with bad information. As much as we may all whine and complain about it the reality is you have to just: K.I.S.S.
Real, whole foods are the essence of a healthy, performative body. There are no if, ands, or buts about it. Meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. If you want to be healthy and not overweight this is the way you need to eat 90% of the time. If you are currently overweight, this is the way you need to eat 100% of the time until you’ve reached a bodyweight you are comfortable with. It’s not rocket science. It is tedious, but it does work.
There are two things that determine your bodyweight and body composition. Calories and the macronutrient breakdown of what you’re eating. If you’re overeating, that is you’re having more calories than needed to maintain your weight, you will gain weight. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about that one. Real, whole food is not very calorically dense. That means that there are WAY more calories in a bag of chips than there are in an apple. So, if you are eating things that come in packages or have been on a shelf at the grocery store for some amount of time, it’s likely that you’re consuming more calories than you need.
The other paddle in the water is the macronutrient breakdown. Here’s what we know about things that are on shelves or in packages in regards to their macronutrient breakdown. The item, no matter what it is, usually has a lot of sugar, no fat and no protein. Well, what is the one macronutrient that if you have too much of you’re going to gain fat? Yup, sugar. Sugar is a carbohydrate, and if you have too many of those carbohydrates you are definitely going to gain some fluff.
Therefore, eat real food and K.I.S.S!