Tracking What Works For You

I hope you got a chance to read through last day’s interview excerpt with Brad Pilon where he shared two primary ingredients for losing weight.  If you missed it, then you can read part 7 now.

We’ve covered a lot in way of fat loss nutrition, but in order to see results, you must find a diet regiment that works for you….read on as Brad explains….


Craig Ballantyne:   All right, so we’ve talked a lot in this call about, well, basically telling people to RELAX, not to worry about it too much, eat a variety of foods.

I mean, if someone came to us and said, “Okay, that’s your diet advice to me, I mean, that’s what I basically tried for the last 30 years and look where it’s gotten me,” so what can we kinda tell people to take away and put in a practical application?

Because for you and I that will actually work because we know calorie amounts of foods because we’ve counted them before and we’ve got it in our heads.  You know, I know an orange is 70 calories, I know this piece of bread and that much peanut butter is gonna be 200 calories, but most people don’t know that and really don’t take to the variety and eat when you’re hungry and don’t eat when you’re not hungry, and that just doesn’t work for ‘em.

So, what can we give them a little more of?

Brad Pilon: Okay.  So, we’re just kind of almost counterintuitive because I just told you to not worry about all of this sort of nutrition information clutter out there, etc., but I’m gonna kinda go backwards on that and say, look, just find what works for you.

Personally, I’m not obsessed with the way other people are eating.  It sounds mean, but I don’t really care.  What I care about is that you find a way that allows you eat less that you enjoy, right.  And then once you find that way STICK WITH IT because the cool thing about this whole thing is that you don’t have to keep continually eating less and less and less until you’re eating like a bird.

Once you find a way that starts takin’ the pounds off of you slowly, that’s the same way that’s gonna keep you goin’, whether you’re at 60 percent body fat tryin’ to get down to 30 or 30 percent tryin’ to get down to 10 percent.

Once you find that sweet spot, what’s working for you, and you stick with it and you don’t let calories sneak back in, you’re there, right, you just have to be making that more and more simple and more and more part of your life and your lifestyle and not letting calories sneak back in then you’re doing good.

Once you find that then, if you want to, I’m not saying you have to, but if you want to try eating what somebody will consider healthier, maybe more fruits and vegetables, as Craig and I were talking about, try it out.  But the key is once you find something that works for you, once you’re actually going, “Oh, consistently now, for the last couple of weeks, I’ve lost a pound or two,” stick with it, boom.  If you’re enjoying it and if that’s the way you like eating, go for it.

I think that’s what most people get caught up in and I think that’s why a lot of people don’t lose weight, is because they maybe find something that’s working for them, and then they read something different and they try that, and they read something different; they become SERIAL DIETERS, hopping from diet to diet to diet.

And really, it’s just find one that fist in your lifestyle at that given time and go with it.

Craig Ballantyne:    Yeah, exactly.  So, keeping track of what works for you is very important, right, –

Brad Pilon: Yeah.

Craig Ballantyne:    – I mean, that’s what you did in your body building thing, right?

Brad Pilon: Absolutely.  I mean, when you’re about to stand in front of a bunch of people in really nothing more than a bikini, right, [chuckle] you’re paying a lot of attention – bikini briefs – to what works and what doesn’t because the last thing you wanna do is promise you’re gonna step on stage and actually put on fat; it’s not what you want.

So, when you have that kind of INCENTIVE, you tend to track what works.  And once you find what works, there’s no way you’re movin’ off of it because it’s workin’, right, it’s movin’ you towards your goal.

So, yeah, exactly what I did.  I figured out what worked for me, what amounts of calories could work for me.  I also figured out where my weak spots were, right.  Like the two or three coffees with two or three cream in ‘em per day wasn’t really helping my cause.  So, I learned, “Okay, I’m not givin’ up coffee, but I can go from a large to a medium, and I can drop one of those creams,” those little kind of changes is what got me through.

Craig Ballantyne:    Very cool

Let’s head to part 9 and finish off the interview series with a recap of the nutrition advice we’ve covered.