Rules vs. Guidelines

You're making this way too complicated. Yes I'm talking to you. 

It's not your fault though. You're confusing guidelines for rules. So lets talk about the difference between the two.

Those are just screenshots from Google and Wikipedia respectively. To quickly sum up the relationship between the two: guidelines help you follow the rules.


So if you are trying to lose weight and/or burn fat there is only one rule you must follow to be successful:

***You must be in a caloric deficit!***

That means you must burn more calories than you take in. 

So, again, if you are starting a diet (whether it be Keto, Paleo, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Carnivore or any other one) with the goal of losing weight/burning fat* you must be in a caloric deficit. All of the diets listed follow this rule but they have different guidelines to get you to do it. 

So if you're precisely following Paleo or Keto or whatever and you're not losing weight, then you're eating too much or you're not exercising/moving enough or both. That's it.

*Interestingly enough many of these diets were developed for medical reasons, not weight loss. Weight loss just happened to be a byproduct.

 And, just so you know, I’m running a 28 Day Challenge that begins on 8/12! This is for people who are looking to take charge of their health & fitness in 28 days. It's a remote program so you can join from anywhere in the world.

I'm looking for 10 people to join the challenge who are ready to lose weight and be featured participants that I'll showcase over the course of the challenge. If that's you comment 'tell me more' below and I'll message you the details.