The Basic Diet Plan Mistake

There is a real failure out there with the classic basic diet plan. With so much information available on diet and weight loss, I am still not sure why people fail to lose weight. Sure, everyone makes mistakes, but it is the magnitude of the mistake that will determine the success or failure of your weight loss plan.

For example, if you make the small ‘mistake’ of eating one burger a week, it won’t make any significant difference in your body weight. However, if you make the terrible diet mistake I am going to outline in this article, then you have no chance of ever becoming successful at fat loss.

If you’ve ever followed a basic diet plan, this would sound familiar. The process goes thus:

Basic Diet Plan

The Basic Diet Plan Mistake

Basic Diet Plan

1. You pick up a diet plan that is too strict for any average person

2. This diet plan basically deprives you of almost everything that you enjoy: chips, burgers, pastries, white bread, cakes, biscuits, milk, chocolate, soft drinks, etc. So you have no other option but to throw away all those things from your kitchen. You start following the diet program with all good intentions, and promise yourself that you would never quit it until you have lost weight successfully.

3. You lose a few pounds quite rapidly within the first few weeks. You seem to be happy with your progress when suddenly, one day you realize that you are no longer shedding pounds! You have hit a weight loss plateau.

4. You become frustrated with your diet plan and with its restrictions. You find it too hard to control your food cravings so you take a peek at your refrigerator and take one bite of your favorite junk food. You say to yourself ‘one bite won’t do much harm’.

5. Slowly however this binge-eating habit spirals out of your control until you find it quite impossible to stay on your diet. You then start shopping for all those junk foods that you had promised not to eat!

6. You get back to your normal lifestyle, start eating junk foods again as before, and gain back all the pounds you had lost! You are back to square one.

Why a Basic Diet Plan Does Not Work

It all started with just one wrong decision on your part: the decision to lose weight rapidly. That decision ultimately sabotaged your weight loss plan. In your quest for fast weight loss, you chose a diet plan that promised the moon but was in no way suitable for you! You tried to make huge changes in your lifestyle all too fast, and ended up achieving nothing.

In case you haven’t realized it already, the best way to lose weight is by making small changes in your lifestyle! That is because small changes are far more practicable and viable than larger ones.

Make lots of Small Changes Consistently

I have written lots of articles on the blog here that should help you to find these tips I even wrote one about how to lose weight quickly which would be a great place to start.

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Turbulence Training – by Craig Ballantyne

Turbulence Training Offers Sensible Weight Loss without Cardio

Less than a decade ago, the weight loss industry became obsessed with cardio and carb-cutting. These two recommended strategies for weight loss became ubiquitous; and proved to be highly profitable for gyms, for pseudo-nutritionists, and for any company that could reasonably label its food as “low carb.”

Indeed, these trends have spilled-over into the present. Low carb food abounds and many still focus their exercise routines strictly around cardio. However, with nearly a decade of evidence of poor results, many have turned against these two methods, focusing on alternative dieting strategies and workout routines that don’t leave exhausted and bored, but with little fat loss to show for it.

In fact, you may find yourself in this exact predicament. After trying all of the fad weight loss strategies, you find yourself discouraged and looking for something new-and something more effective.

What is Turbulence Training?

One new promising possibility is Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training Program. While it doesn’t explicitly suggest that you don’t do cardio, it does not include it in its workout regimens. Instead, it has you do a number of short, burst exercises.

The premise of the program is to build an exercise routine that doesn’t fall prey to the five myths that Ballantyne attacks. In particular, while you’re on his routine, he suggests that you will never have to do cardio in the morning on an empty stomach; and you will never have to do cardio in the “fat burning zone.”

Additionally, he created his program so that you will only need to train for 3 days per week, rather than doing 7 full days of cardio, as you may be accustomed to. Furthermore, these routines will be short, since, as he explains, you don’t have to do more than 20 minutes of exercise in order to burn fat-contrary to what some fad diets claim.

Overall, the exercise regimen portion consists of a number of sets of short, burst exercises, which you will rotate out every 3 weeks. In brief, it focuses on the idea of alternating between different exercises and doing “interval training.”

In addition to the exercise portion, Ballantyne also provides an overview of how to get your dietary life together. But rather than offering some gimmicky set of strategies that is almost surely going to be unsustainable, un-enjoyable, and ineffective in the long run, he instead sticks to a reasonable set of guidelines, which-if followed-are sure to bring strong results.

Who is Craig Ballantyne?

Unlike other so-called dieting experts, Ballantyne does not make any ridiculous claims about the efficacy of his program, but instead sticks to a sensible tone; and focuses on offering broad-based scientific evidence, as well evidence from his own life and the lives of his customers.

Turbulence Training   by Craig Ballantyne

Creator of Turbulence Training Craig Ballantyne

As far as credentials are concerned, Ballantyne is one of the less-mysterious individuals hocking weight loss products on the Internet. In fact, he regularly contributes workout plans to Men’s Fitness and Oxygen magazines. He is also a Men’s Health Magazine expert. And, furthermore, he is a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist.

Is Turbulence Training Worth it?

Overall, the Turbulence Training Program has a lot of promise. The cost is $39.95 and it comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.

Its creator is an actual, verifiable, well-known expert in his field. Additionally, he focuses on making sensible, reasonable, simple guides for exercise and diet, rather than complicated, tricky, and questionable routines, as you may find elsewhere.

Turbulence Training   by Craig Ballantyne


For at home workout people especially Turbulence Training works well.

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A new type of Canada Food Guide?

Earlier I mentioned how I like the idea of the Canada Food Guide but I really do not like the ratios of foods. Here is how I would change things if I had the choice.

I am not sure how much you know about the Canada Food Guide but the idea is that the Canadian government has come up with a list a lot like the US food pyramid that list a type of guidline of what you should eat every day. There has always been arguments from people that the meat, milk, and grain lobby all have too much influence as well as the fact that a lot of people that have problems with lactose or gluten intolerance, as well as vegetarians are not really recognized in the Canada Food Guide.

Last year Health Canada radically revamped the Canada Food Guide and it is much better as it looks at age, sex, and other factors. Anyway I have my own ideas of what I would like to see as basics of the Canada Food Guide even though they have done a great job at Health Canada I think lots of people will not follow the more complex guidelines and are instead looking for a set of simple rules.

My Canada Food Guide

A new type of Canada Food Guide?8 glasses of water a day
I don’t care that water is not food. Water is still a nutrient that people need for a healthy diet and most people do not drink any water let alone a little bit. Adding water to the food guide would be a great addition

3-5 small servings of meat or fish
I know that meat and fish are not th only place to get protein but at least mentioning fish again would add to the options. Also most people think that a serving of meat is an 8 ounce steak, not a can of tuna but the can of tuna is just as good. Your body just can not metabolize a big steak.

3-5 servings of vegetables

3-5 servings of fruit
Why is it that fruits and vegetables have always been lumped together? Fruits are great for their high water content and antioxidants and Vegetables are great for minerals including iron and Calcium. I know that this is a generalization but it would be nice to see people eating more of both fruits and vegetables. Oh, and tater tots and french fries are not a vegetable no matter what my brother in law thinks.

2-3 servings of high fiber grains
The idea of lots of breads I believe is outdated as a nitritous food group, instead I beleive it would be good to have reference to high fiber foods and to have examples.

Serving sizes for My Canada Food Guide
Come on governments on both sides of the border, it would be nice to have a better idea, not just in print but in news papers and TV, of what a serving size really is. The biggest poblem facing most people is not the junk and misplaced nutrients but instead it is a lack of idea of what serving sizes really are. A bowl of food or cup of coffee is a great sized breakfast but a giant plate of food is not quite enough for dinner? We need to get the word out about what is a good meal morning, noon, and night.

I know that there is a lot more to a good diet than these few things but I look at this as a guide, a way to look at a days food, not the everything that we eat in a day.

Do you have better ideas? Let me know. I would love to add a few more things to this list of my Canada Food Guide in a follow up.

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