Being Annoying Fitness Guy, people routinely ask me for diet advice to lose weight and feel better. I used to give long-winded explanations of the science of Zone, Paleo, Keto, etc. or say “Here, go read all of these books like I did.” That’s great if someone wants to be a super-optimizer with their diet — or if you’re selling books or seminars.
But, most people don’t want to make their life all about their diet and exercise. They want to look and feel better while still enjoying life.
In addition, they need something simple to understand. Most of the existing diet recipes realize this. So, they’ve tried to simplify things down into a couple of sentences. Mike Pollan has his (“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”) and Crossfit has theirs (“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”) These both have a common thread in that they’re prescriptions (i.e. said as a “Do x,y,z”).
The problem is that most people are comfortable with rules they should not break, rather than recipes of what they should do.
So, here’s the Two Sentence Diet I give to people who ask:
Do not eat any processed sugar, grains, dairy, or artificial chemicals six days of the week. Eat whatever you want the other day.
The downside of this diet is I have no way to make money from it. Perhaps I should add 300 pages of confusing minutiae and sell some books.