Can you really lose fat while enjoying sirloin steak, chicken Parmesan, and real butter? I'd like to think so. That's why I created The Wild Diet, which features foodie-friendly, indulgent meals that will help you program your body to burn fat instead of sugar. Thousands of people across the world have reclaimed their health and lost 20, 50, or even more than 100 pounds with real food following this plan.
Yes, really. Here are the eight tips the diet is based on, that will help you get started burning fat right away.
1. Up to 80 percent of fat loss comes from your diet, not exercise.
Many people spend hours on the treadmill hopelessly trying to lose their love handles. But every nutritionist, bodybuilder, and athlete worth his or her salt knows that a better body is made in the kitchen. Exercise is great for overall well-being, but if you want to drop fat, the vast majority of your results will come from eating the right foods.
2. You can eat bacon, butter, and steak while dropping fat.
If you’ve given up some of your favorite foods — like gooey cheese, chocolate, grilled steak, bacon, butter, full-fat cream, eggs, wine, cheesecake, ice cream, or anything else delicious — for the sake of “health,” you’re about to have a really good time eating according to my plan. Studies have found that we shouldn’t be afraid of eating high-quality fats!
3. Focus on food quality, not quantity.
The Wild Diet follows this principle: Eat fresh, simple, whole foods from healthy plants and animals, and be skeptical of processed food products. By prioritizing foods found in the natural world, rich in fiber and nutrients, your body will burn fat instead of sugar for energy. When you reduce your consumption of processed grains, sugars, and other simple carbohydrates in favor of healthy plants and animals, you will be shocked by how quickly you can reverse the damage of decades of poor eating.
4. You dump the “carbage.”
When you follow The Wild Diet, you’re avoiding “carbage” — processed carbs from sugars and grains. Refined foods are packed with fattening ingredients such as white flour, white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and industrial seed oils from corn and soy. These fake foods distort your appetite and cause you to consume more calories than you require. The Wild Diet fills you up with natural fats, fibers, proteins, and slow-burning carbs.
5. You don’t have to starve yourself or count calories to lose weight.
A plate of real food — like fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, and perhaps a bit of pasture-raised meat — contains the protein, fiber, healthy fat, and micronutrients your body needs to satiate your appetite. So next time you feel hunger pangs, stop depriving yourself and fill up on real food, instead.
6. Listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry.
When you're hungry, your body doesn’t necessarily want food, it wants nutrition. If you feed it foods that are nutrient-poor, your brain and body will never really feel totally satisfied. The key is to feed yourself real and fresh whole foods that are high in nutrients and satiate your hunger. On The Wild Diet, you simply eat when you’re hungry. And if you’re not hungry in the morning, you may want to experiment with what I like to refer to as “fasting and feasting.”
7. Enjoy your feasts with friends and family.
We’re not meant to starve ourselves or count calories. That’s what we’ve been doing effortlessly for generations, in fact, before we started following the wrong advice. So when eating out, make it a special event, take your time, and enjoy your feast. Order several dishes family-style for everyone to try and share — this is more filling than eating a single meal by yourself.
8. Be prepared for chocolate emergencies.
Carry snacks, meals, and dark chocolate everywhere you go to beat hunger and cravings. You know, for chocolate emergencies!
It's easy enough to get started on this way of eating: Eat as many green and colorful veggies as you’d like — they should make up more than half of your plate. Eat a palm-size portion of protein from pasture-raised meats or wild seafood, and round out meals with high-quality fats like grass-fed butter, hard cheese, nuts, or avocado. If you’re physically active, enjoy a bit of starch from sweet potatoes or rice post-workout. Ditch added sugars, breads, and gluten grains. For breakfast, bacon and eggs are back on the menu!