If you dread the idea of dieting, I understand. Most diets feel more like punishment than self-improvement. Instead of educating you on how the metabolism truly works and giving you the tools you need to manage it effectively, most diet “gurus” resort to fear mongering and food restriction instead. If you want to lose fat or build “lean muscle,” they say, you can kiss just about
everything you like eating goodbye. Grains, anything containing gluten or sugar, high-glycemic carbs, red meat, processed foods, fruit, dairy, caloric beverages, granola, it’s all gotta go.
All your toys. Throw them all into the fire. Well, what if I told you that you could dramatically transform your body while eating foods you actually like, every day, seven days
per week? What if all you had to do to build muscle and lose fat was follow a handful of flexible dietary guidelines, not starve and deprive yourself? And what if I promised you could forever break free of the restrictions and anxieties most people associate with dieting and learn to love it instead? Too good to be true, you think? Downrightheresy? I know. I used to think the same thing. I now know the truth, though, and in this chapter, I’m going to break it all down for you.