Many people are looking for a quick-fix way to lose weight, which can often lead to following diets that are too restrictive and overlook possibly the most balanced and realistic advice when trying to lose weight: sticking to fresh whole foods most of the time and allowing for a bit of indulgence now and then.
As a nutritionist, founder of The Healthy Chef (a business based on pure functional healthy food products), and author of an award-winning book, The 80/20 Diet, I always get asked for advice on how to lose weight.
The reason why the 80/20 diet works is because it's the most natural way of eating. It's about going back to basics and consuming a diet of fresh, seasonal plant-based whole foods accompanied by lean protein — pretty much like my great aunt and uncle, who followed a simple diet of whole foods, used to eat.
Regular physical activity and minimal intermeal snacking are also part of the 80/20 diet.
Below is my ideal day for weight loss: