The simplest diet that sits at the intersection of Simple, Healthy, and Practical.
It's the Single Ingredient Diet. The rule is simple:
Eat only foods that have a single ingredient on the nutrition label.
That's it. Eat as much as you want or as little.
This doesn't mean your meals only contain a single ingredient, rather the foods that make up your meal are all single ingredient foods.
For example a meal can be:
Chicken and Broccoli (two single ingredient items)
but it wouldn't be:
Chicken Sandwich (because bread is made up of multiple ingredients).
So What Can I Eat?
All Animal Protein (stick to organic, grass fed if you can and try to avoid processed meats)
All Nuts and Seeds
A Few Guidelines
A couple guidelines to help you get started with this:
1. Try to incorporate vegetables every meal
2. Foods made up of single ingredients are fine to eat. For example you may have a salsa made up of tomatoes, peppers, basil, salt, and pepper. All single ingredients.
3. Strike a balance - don't only eat jars of peanut butter. Make sure you're getting protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts/seeds throughout the day.
4. You don't have to be 100% perfect. I make smoothies with Almond Milk that is made up of multiple ingredients. It's ok. When I'm on this diet, the large majority (90 - 95%) of my diet is single ingredients. It's ok if a little something slips in there. Just make sure that little something isn't Twinkies.
5. Don't count calories. Unless you're a body builder trying to go from 6 to 5% body fat, don't worry about the calories. Focus on incorporating the right foods and results will come.
Let me know what you think!