There's no doubt about it: the hardest part of weight loss is your diet. You have to be even more diligent in the kitchen than in the gym, and it can feel impossible to kick those bad habits to the curb in order to feel and look your very best.
Tony Horton, Beachbody Super Trainer and creator of the famous P90X program, has seen many clients struggle with their diet. All of his experience has given him the tools to help people make lasting, healthy changes in their life — both in the gym and in the kitchen.
POPSUGAR asked Tony for the diet advice he shares with his clients. He shared two nuggets of guidance: eat more plants, and be consistent with your eating habits. "We are in general, as a society, addicted to fat, sugar, salt, and chemicals," he said. "It's in everything, and we eat them because it's so yummy and it satisfies our needs temporarily."
But then we feel sluggish and tired, and the pounds keep tacking on. "The quality of calories is everything," he added. This is especially true when you're working out regularly, because exercising will make you hungry, and your body needs additional fuel to get you through your sweat sessions.
"Whether you're vegan, raw, vegetarian, flexitarian, Paleo, whatever your food thing is — it should be fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fat," Tony instructed. "And it has to be plant-based. It has to be. That's where the nutrients are, that's where the healing is."
Even if you eat fish and eggs, Tony said, you should have a lot of plants on your plate at each meal. He also pointed out that your organs love it when you feed them plants. "Your organs are typically the things that will help you survive for a very long time or kill you," he told POPSUGAR. "Even though you can't see them, they're in there, and you gotta treat them right."
Tony pointed out that crash diets are a "futile, frustrating way" to lose weight. People are usually "looking for quick, fast, short-term bouts of weight loss and physique change, but what goes down usually goes back up."
Rather than trying out the latest crash diet, Tony said it's all about consistency. Consistently eating healthy foods will bring you so much more success in the long run than doing cleanses a few times a year. "So many people trying to take your money with their techniques of that kind of stuff," he warned.
So instead of buying into the fad diets out there, follow Tony's advice and eat a well-balanced, plant-based diet. You'll likely see a lot of positive changes in your life, both on and off the scale.