First, let's start by being honest: humans are impulsive creatures that will eat and drink themselves to death if left to their own devices.
Sure, not all people are gluttons to that degree, but we can all agree weakness is a part of human nature and that will-power is a struggle for most people; especially where their diet is concerned.
Another thing to start with is that we hate "diets". Why? Because most diets have too many rules and are usually too extreme and hard to follow (e.g., Atkins, Keto, etc.). This leads to short term results and long term failure.
Further, diets can become like religion to some people and that's just annoying. How you eat should be a part of your daily routine....not the basis for your yourself worth or how you define yourself.
This is why we encourage people to follow the 80/20 Rule: Eat well 80% of the time and cheat 20% of the time. That said, here are two of the best tips for getting on the path to eating clean and healthy.
2 Easy Ways to Start Dieting and Eating Clean
Tip #1: Start By Eliminating - Not Adding
Before you start adding coffee loaded with butter and MCT oil to your routine, start first by eliminating the bad things in your diet. This principle is the driving force behind the other tip listed below.
"Adding healthy things to a bad diet will not fix the problem. You're still left with a bad diet. "
Before optimizing your diet, start by cutting back on coffee laced with cream and sugar, evening dessert, bread and pasta, etc. Making small changes like this should be your focus.
This brings up a another point: small habits are easier to change than big ones. This is another reason why going on an extreme diet fails. Change is a slow process and a marathon; not a sprint.
Focus on making small changes over time and they'll add up to BIG success down the road. This philosophy works in every area of life; that is, finance, career, children, golf, fitness, etc.
Tip #2: Start by Cutting Out Sugar and Sugary Drinks
The low hanging fruit for most people is sugar. Sugar invades just about everything we consumer. It's in sauces, bread, desserts, drinks, and almost everything we eat.
The body can only use and store so much of this sticky stuff a day. The rest instantly converts to fat by the liver so it can be used later.
Of all the sources of sugar in our diet, sugary drinks are by far the easiest to cut out. Ever look at the back of a sports drink? The amount of sugar in it will amaze you. Same goes for soda, sweetened coffee, tea, etc.
Switch to black coffee, unsweetened tea, water, and Kombucha and you'll likely cut out thousands of empty calories a week.
Conclusion: Starting a diet and eating clean is easier than you think and you don't have to adopt some extreme diet to get healthy. In fact, we would encourage most people to avoid that route.
Start by making small changes and mastering them a little at a time. Adapting to small habits like removing sugary drinks is easier to adjust to than switching over to full blown keto or vegan.
Those diets definitely work, but can be hard to sustain. Long lasting success and health is what we're after. Not just short term weight loss.