Your aim should be to make this a ‘lifestyle’. Diets are temporary, lifestyles are permanent. You will learn to eat as many meals as what works best for you. There will be no compulsion to eat a certain number of times or to eat a certain quantity. Eating three meals a day is something we were brought up on, so it feels like a natural lifestyle. However, the same routine of three meals a day will feel inadequate to a sportsperson who will need 6-8 meals (to cater to the high calorie demands of intense training sessions). There are other people who do 24hour fasts every few days, and find that completely natural.The bottom line is that if you give the body time to adapt, feed it well and meet the essential nutritional criteria, you will reach your goals in a sustainable manner. That will be our route to fat loss and overall health.
What we have developed is based on Ameet’s experience and research into medical literature (primarily dietary studies/publications). This is something that we feel will best fit the lifestyle of a typical IT professional or someone with a sedentary lifestyle, without needing to make too many adjustments or dietary sacrifices from the subject’s current routine. Also, if you are like us, you like to eat BIG meals, and especially like to be able to indulge in foods that are commonly identified as strictly off-limits by a lot of diets. That is essentially the basis for how/why my routine has come about. Some of our concepts may seem radically different from what you are used to hearing, but then again, just because something is repeated a hundred times doesn’t mean it is true, unless there is scientific proof/data for its veracity.
One thing we will NOT be doing is counting calories. This is a painful and frustrating approach, and no one really has the time/enthusiasm to keep maintaining logs of what was eaten and how much was burned in exercise. Not to mention that there are many different energy pathways in the body, and each one has a different efficiency ratio. So what the calorie expenditure that you estimate may be very different from what it is in reality. Yes, you should have an idea of what and how much you are eating, but obsessing over it and micro-managing food intake is an approach that is doomed to fail.
Our methods will give you the results you want, and in a sustainable manner. We don’t believe in extremes like agonizing over exact food measurements, denying yourself things that you like to eat, starving yourself, etc. Such plans either don’t work at all, or they will work for a short while and then leave you stuck at a plateau. Sometimes it rebounds, causing weight to creep up. Yes, we won’t deny that you do need to exercise some measure of control, but we will approach it without becoming obsessive about things.