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Fat Loss: Why Your Best Friend Might Be Your Biggest Enemy

It all started with a friend’s Facebook post.

One casual reference to losing a few pounds and - BOOM - the comments began to pour in:

“You should fast two days each week - it’s AMAZING!”

“Cutting out all carbs and eating nuts, salmon and avocado REALLY works!”

“Intermittent fasting is the BEST way to lose fat!”

Now, I’m sure all these folks were well intentioned but here's the problem:

They all assumed that what was most appropriate for them would automatically be most appropriate for him, too.

And that’s just plain wrong because the reality is there's no single best way.

Companies like Ford understand this.

So, if you’re a dude with a landscaping business, maybe an F-150 pickup truck is right up your alley.

Or, if you’re a guy with five kids, perhaps an Explorer is more your thing.

And if you like to leave a little rubber at the stop lights, get hold of a Shelby Mustang.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em... 

Ford know that while we all need a vehicle for the same basic reason - to get from here to there - the most appropriate vehicle is the one that best fits your unique situation.

Not your boss's, not your next door neighbor's, not your Uncle Jack's.

And it’s the same deal with fat loss.

The same basic principle applies to us all - to lose fat you have to be in a sustained negative fat balance.

This means you’ve established a long-term trend of burning a little more fat than you store.

That's really all there is to it.

So, how much are we talking about here?

As little as 70 grams/2½ ounces of fat loss per day (perhaps less).

70g fat

It’s that simple.

And the awesome news is there are a ton of different vehicles for us to do exactly that.

Only we don’t call them vehicles, we call them “diets”, “eating strategies” or whatever.

Paleo, low-carb, the absurd Japanese Long Breath diet, the - ahem - “morning banana” diet (another Japanese one), calorie counting, intermittent fasting, single-ingredient foods, the 20-Potatoes-a-Day diet, the Twinkie diet, the standing-on-one-leg diet.

(OK, I made the last one up but you get the point)

As far as fat loss is concerned, they can all work and, when they do, it's for the exact same reason.

They put you in a long-term negative fat balance.

So here's the $64,000 question:

Which diet is best?

Well, ultimately it's the one you can stick to over the long haul.

That's the one where it doesn’t feel like you’re denying yourself and you forget that you're actually on a diet.

Like we say in How To Get Lean, Strong & Bulletproof:

Ultimately, caloric quantity determines weight loss,

caloric quality determines health,

and eating foods we enjoy makes it all sustainable

So, if skipping breakfast works for you, that's awesome - go for it.

On the other hand, if eating a large, high-protein breakfast works better for you, that's awesome, too.

Remember, there is no single best way.

So be stoked for your friend - if he lost a whole bunch of weight (and kept it off) by eating nuts, salmon and avocado, great going.

But don't assume that the diet or strategy that worked fine for him will work just as well for you.

Listen, you wouldn't feel comfortable wearing his pants or shoes, so why force yourself to eat the same way he does?

Fat jeans

That's only reasonable, right?

So the bottom line is you have to find an approach that works for you.

And before you do that, it's best that you understand what your current eating habits are.

After all, if you're someplace you don't want to be, the first thing you've got to do is figure out where you are.

That's why we always tell folks to track their current food intake with an app like MyFitnessPal.

Just a few days doing that will be a real eye-opener and you'll probably be amazed by what you discover.

And what about your friends?

Well, be grateful that they want to help you and let them know that their support really is appreciated.

Just keep in mind they might effectively be recommending a Shelby GT350 for your family camping trip.

It may sound awesome but you could be left spinning your wheels.

– Tim

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