Count every calorie, weigh every portion, eat meals in some sort of “zone.”
Get a life!
Sure, some of us are rocket scientists. We are able to track every calorie and calculate our optimum payload and energy expenditure. Great if it works for you. But you know what? Most of us have our hands full with work; we don’t have the time to obsess over food. So I say don’t, eat the Power 12 and calories and fat intake will be taken care of on their own.
Practical Implementation: Eat a well-balanced diet — making sure to include filling roughage like the awesome high-fibre whole grains, proteins, and last but not least good fats. Don’t be obsessed with counting calories all the time just have a rough idea of how many calories your taking in.
Old School Diets
It’s just the food, stupid.
It’s the drink, stupid.
Your diet could be as healthy and disciplined as a Buddhist monk’s and you could still end up consuming too many calories. Between high-sugar fruit juice (yes juices in a carton can contain a lot of sugar), high-fat whole milk, high-calorie soft drinks, and higher-calorie beer (beer gut anyone), it’s scary once we get to know what’s in those drinks we have, even the so called diet products. So educate yourself check the labels (thank you GOI, new regulations have come in place, now the labels will have even more information on them) and do some research on your own. So re-examine what you drink along with and in-between meals as well.
Practical implementation: Drink water, Toned milk, and smoothies. Coffee and tea are okay too, but in limited quantities. But avoid like a plague whole-fat dairy products and those high-sugar fruit juices. Alcohol anyone? I will play the devil’s advocate here, limit yourself to two or three drinks, and sorry to bust you bubble that per week not per day. These are extra calories you can do without. And for heaven’s sake, stop with those aerated soft drinks.
Cheat like Shah Rukh Khan at film fair awards.
Diets used to be like relationships: If you drifted from the rules, you were done. You cheated? Forget it, Diet’s over. But I want you to cheat (wipe that grin of your face, I mean on the diet that is). Once every week, eat whatever you heart desires anything at all. Deprivation leads to resentment, which leads to breakups, leaving a nasty aftertaste. But if you cut loose once a week, you’ll be in control of the other 41 meals and snacks — eating healthy will be your choice, not your chore.
Real world application: you can time your cheat meal to coincide with events like a party, weekend, or your office lunch with co-workers. With time, as your body adapts to the new diet plan you would not feel the urge to cut lose any more. Again this is a diet that works with you, not against you.
Okay, now that you understand the philosophical bend behind the fab abs diet, let’s eat n have fun at the same time.