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STOP 'Eating Healthy' For Fat Loss

So you want to lose some weight, that’s cool. What is the first thing you do? ​ Jump on google, of course. ​ “How to lose weight.” ​ Here’s what it gives you: ​ ​“Limit alcohol, drink water, cut down on takeaways or fast food, eat healthy snacks”

Just eat healthy, right?

It makes a lot of sense. We can all eat a little healthier.

That’s what most people who are trying to lose weight think, too.

But here’s the problem…


Eating healthy doesn’t work for fat loss.

I know that sounds crazy but let me explain.


You can eat as ‘clean’ or ‘healthy’ as you like, but if you’re eating too many calories, you’re not going to lose weight.

Unless you really get your head around this you’re going to go out and buy the avocados and almonds and salmon and all the food we think of as healthy.

And those foods are totally healthy.

But no matter how healthy or clean you eat… No matter how much you want to lose weight or how much effort you’re putting in…

If you’re not managing your calories it’s like you’re trying to use a map in the dark - you don’t know exactly what’s going on…


So if you jump on the scale and nothing’s changing…

Your clothes aren’t fitting any differently…

You’re not feeling any better about the way you look…

You’ve got no idea where to go from here. What’s the next move, try and eat even healthier?

This will ultimately leave you feeling frustrated.


Wondering why some people seem to be able to lose weight without having to resort to restrictive meal plans or only eating certain types of foods or starving themselves.

Funny how none of those meal plans include your favourite foods like pizza and burgers, do they?

So instead, what we do with all of our clients in the Inner Circle is…

We track our calories. It’s actually unbelievably simple.

Our full guide to Macro Tracking will teach you exactly how to use food tracking apps like MyFitnessPal to track your calories the simple way.


This way you can know exactly how much to eat in order to lose weight.

Because the truth is body fat - the thing we’re trying to get rid of - is simply stored energy.

Our ability as humans to store energy to use in times of famine has actually been an incredible survival mechanism - it might be one of the reasons we’ve outlived so many other species.

But it’s 2023. In the developed world we don’t have famines.

We can simply manage our energy - aka our calories - to lose body fat.


Using this approach you no longer have to eat 'healthy' to lose weight. Whatever that even means.

Technically speaking, you can eat whatever you want. If that’s pizza or burgers - right on.

This guy lost 27lbs in two months eating nothing but Twinkies and the odd protein shake.

This guy lost 56lbs after eating nothing but McDonalds for 6 months straight.

Both of them simply managed their calories.

Now I’m not at all saying that’s what you should do. Please don’t do that.


What I’m saying is the best part is now you’re not going to feel so restricted by all these crazy diet rules that don’t actually matter at all in the grand scheme of things.

​This means you’re going to actually be able to stick to this long enough to see the results you want.


And no it’s not all sunshine and rainbows - being in a calorie deficit can be a little uncomfortable at times…


But is it worth it to know for sure that what you’re doing is leading to you losing fat?

​I don’t know about you but most of our clients think that juice is most definitely worth the squeeze.


So to finish up…

Eating healthy is great. I’m not saying don’t eat healthy.

I’m saying eating healthy or clean or while we’re at it Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, Southbeach, Atkin’s, Weight Watchers - you name it...

Does not work for fat loss. 

Unless you’re also managing your calories.

So you might as well start with the thing that actually works - managing your calories - so you know you’re going to lose weight.

Then focus on eating healthy, too.

Whatever “healthy” looks like for you.

Not sure where to start?


Good thing my new book - The SHRED Method - will help you lose your first 5-15lbs for FREE.

Yep, you don't even have to pay for it.

Just jump into my brand new Facebook Group HERE & grab it in the Guides section ????

- Nick