The Most DANGEROUS Diet in the World (STOP!)
What’s up, guys?
Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com.
This is going to be one of the most important
videos that I ever make.
As a matter of fact, I want you to do me one
favor and lean in nice, and close, and listen
to every, single word I say.
I promise you, this is going to be very, very
It’s going to help you forever.
Especially if you’ve been dealing with a
Especially if you’ve been trying lots of
Don’t even get me started on that word yet.
I’ll get to that, though.
The fact is, I’m a big believer in the power
I’m a big believer in the fact that what
you put in your body determines, not just
how you look, but how you feel, and how healthy
Not just on a day to day, week to week, month
to month, year to year basis.
But on a minute to minute basis.
We know that, right?
We’ve put things in our body that have changed
the way we feel pretty quickly.
We need to understand that power can never
I think a lot of us do.
That’s why, often times, we reach out and
realize that we need to do something about
I’m going to say, what we put in our body
every day might be one of the most important
decisions we make every, single day.
Which brings me back to that concept of diets.
Guys, you know how I feel about that term,
if you’ve watched this channel for any length
Realize, I don’t like the term.
I hate it because a diet sounds temporary.
A diet means something temporary.
“I’m going on a diet”, means “I’m
going to be off of that soon.”
You need to realize the long-term, the long
game here, is the only thing that ever matters
when it comes to looking and feeling the way
you should from now until the day you die.
Which, I hope – if you do it right – is
a long time from now.
Now, there are dangerous diets.
There are a lot of different diets we could
Let’s cover some of them.
The Paleo Diet.
The South Beach Diet.
The Atkins Diet.
The Grapefruit Diet.
The Coffee & Cocaine Diet.
People probably used s**t like that for a
The fact is, anything that’s earned the
word ‘diet’ after its name; it probably
I can guarantee you, they work.
They all create weight loss.
They all do.
They wouldn’t have ever gotten to the point
where they earned the ‘diet’ title if
they hadn’t worked for a lot of people.
But I don’t gage short-term results for
a working diet.
I gage your ability to stick to it for a lifetime
as the only criteria for whether something
For me, the most dangerous diet in the world
is the one you can’t stick to.
That could be all of them.
It could be all of them.
Beyond that, even when you decide that you
need to do something about your nutrition
– let’s start using the word right because
we’ve got to get rid of that word ‘diet’.
If you decide you need to do something about
your nutrition how do you go about it?
Do you just jump head-first into it?
Because that’s a major mistake.
That could be why you’re failing in the
Let’s play trainer for a second.
We’re all going to get a chance.
Let’s take a step into Jeff Cavaliere’s
shoes; the trainer.
So, I have a client that walks into the gym
We’re making this up.
320lbs, the guy is 49 years old, never worked
out a day in his life, diabetic, body fat
at least 40%, and he’s going to train.
I have two options of programs I can give
Option A. You get to pick here, listen close.
Option A. He’s going to do squat, bench,
We’re going to work in the three to five
We’re going to throw in some palm squats,
just to make sure we’re reinforcing his
ability to hold those things, and a lot of
I think that’s going to be helpful.
Then some plyometrics at the end and maybe
a little bit of kickboxing, just for some
That’s Option A. Option B is, we’re going
to start really, really easy on this guy.
We’re going to do a little bit of flexibility
training, a lot of education early on, a little
bit of mobility work – I’m sure those
joints could probably use a little bit of
And then maybe start introducing the concept
of resistance bands.
So, we want him to utilize his own bodyweight
– which is heavy – or some additional
weight through weights and barbells, at this
point in time.
Which one would you go with?
Which would you think is the more appropriate
for that individual?
There’s always the A-hole of the bunch who’s
going to say, “Option A”, but we should
all know that Option B is where we need to
Especially if you’ve been watching this
You probably realize that’s probably a better
At least taking a step off the gas for that
So why is it when we decide we’re going
to do something about our nutrition, and we
decide to go down this ‘diet’ road, why
do we jump into it head first?
Why do we go from 0 to 60?
Who thinks that going from 0-60 makes anymore
sense, nutritionally, as it does when you’re
taking your first crack at weight training?
It’s setting yourself up for failure.
I can give you a couple examples of that.
Let’s take a popular diet regimen right
I’m going with the Keto Diet.
Guys, I have nothing against a particular
form of eating because if you can turn that
form of eating into a lifestyle – a lifelong
style of eating – then I am thrilled.
I don’t have one way – and I’m going
to get to this in a second, too – one way
of demanding that you eat.
That is not my methodology.
As a matter of fact, I think anyone that tells
you that there’s ‘only one way to do it,
and this is the only way you should do it’
and gets ‘cult-like’ – I guess, the
‘keto cult’, who’s going to tell you
‘this is the only way to do it and everything
else is wrong’; you’ve got to run as fast
as you can away from that person.
But back to that.
Ketogenic dieting requires that you drop your
carbohydrate intake pretty severely, to about
10% or less of your total, overall caloric
intake for the day.
Now, let’s put ourselves back in the shoes
of that individual that was overweight, who
needs to lose weight – which is a lot of
Do you think that person is sitting there
eating 10% or less of carbohydrates right
I can guarantee you, they’re probably eating,
in excess, of 60% carbohydrates, if not more.
So, to go from 60% or 70% of your overall
caloric intake from carbohydrates down to
10% or less; how logical is that?
So, cut all that out.
Diet starts on Monday.
You’re going to cut it all out.
We’re going to get you right down here.
You’re going to do great.
This is going to be perfect for you.
You’re going to change your way of fueling
We’re going from carbohydrates to ketones.
You’re good to go.
You think that’s got a likelihood of success?
Will he lose weight?
Of course, he will!
It’s a diet.
It’s earned its title.
It’s going to work.
I doubt it.
If it does, then great.
He’s found a lifestyle that he can do.
Now it’s worthwhile.
But if you jump into it like that it’s not
going to work.
So, what would I do in a situation like this?
I’d recommend something different.
You want to stick to the diets?
Go to something like the Zone Diet.
At least see if you can stick to that first.
Get yourself down, knowing that you’re heading
But you don’t just down there.
You try to take an approach that’s a moderate
step in the right direction, to at least set
yourself up to become more accustomed to that.
As opposed to jumping right in.
It’s going to have the same impact to be
able to take these things in stages.
I understand that we’re not getting the
same outcome that a Ketogenic Diet is creating,
in terms of your body’s preferred fuel.
I understand that.
That’s not getting there via a 30/30/40
But from a standpoint of an individual being
able to stick to that, they need to be able
to take some sort of moderate step.
Even when I first started my full reign of
eating better, and healthier, and turning
it into a lifestyle I went from a really crappy
diet of a lot of sugary foods, and sweets,
and things that are not part of an athlete’s
Not on a consistent basis, they aren’t.
And I made small changes.
Then, when I was able to maintain that, and
I started to see results I went back again.
I made additional, small changes.
Then I went back again and made additional,
You know what I didn’t care about?
I never cared about instant results.
I was in it for the lifelong process.
I understood that, if I did it right once
I’d never have to do this again.
But as a result of people jumping in too strong,
too fast to a diet they can’t stick with,
every six months, every eight months, every
12 months, whatever it is; they’re back
doing it again, and again.
You know why it’s dangerous?
It’s extremely dangerous because every time
you fail you’re doing a lot of things that
are setting the stage for you to continue
You’re starting to convince yourself that
you can’t stick to anything.
You’re starting to convince yourself that
‘dieting is not for you’.
You either give up at that point – right?
A lot of people do!
“I’m done with this.
I can’t do it.”
Or you get more desperate, you get less patient,
less willing to go through that adaptive process,
and you jump into the next one full force
ahead, and it fails again, and it fails again,
and it fails again.
And guess what?
You know what’s happening during this whole
You’re also getting older.
We’re all getting – one thing we can’t
stop is the aging process.
As we get older, and older, and older it gets
more, and more, and more difficult to win
I’m not saying it’s impossible.
We’ve got lots of guys – ATHLEANX has
proven it – lots of guys that can do this
at an advanced age and look unbelievable.
But it does become more challenging.
You have to become more and more committed.
It’s not as easy as it was when you were
in your teens and 20’s.
We all know that.
So, what I’m pleading for you to do is try
to make this intervention with the one mindset
of getting off this damned diet rollercoaster.
Stop thinking about all these temporary fixes.
Stop thinking about the short-term weight
Turn it into a lifestyle that you’re going
to stick with forever.
Find the one method of eating – the nutrition,
The form of nutrition that’s going to fuel
your body and keep you in that state for the
rest of your life.
Feeling good, getting stronger, being healthier
from now, until the day you die.
You know what?
Here’s the shocker: I don’t care what
method it is.
People that think, again, so cult-like in
the fact that you have to eat ‘this way’
are so dangerous to you and everyone they’re
telling their information to.
It pisses me off.
I want you to be able to find something that
you can stick with.
When you do, I’m happy.
There is no ‘one method’.
I have a method that’s worked for me.
I have methods I recommend that I think are
going to help you keep your sanity the most.
They’re going to help you not become exclusionary
in your dietary practices where you’re eliminating
this and eliminating that.
I want it to feel as it if it’s not deprivation-based.
It’s something that you can actually do.
I’m losing my damn voice, I’m so passionate
But it’s true, guys.
The fact is, if you do this right you’ll
never have to do it again.
So, I hope that this came across to you guys.
The fact is, if you can’t stick to something
it’s not a good option.
For me, temporary means nothing.
Lifetime is the only solution here.
And the longer you go, by getting this wrong,
the more and more dangerous it becomes.
The quicker you can get rid of the ‘diet’
term and into something that actually becomes
something that’s lifelong nutrition, the
faster you’ll be well on your way to do
Guys, I’ve laid it all out for you guys
step by step.
I have a method.
I believe in it.
But it may not work for everybody.
How’s that for more truth?
It may not work for everybody.
But I guarantee, if you give it a shot you’re
going to get yourself healthier, putting yourself
further down that path to being able to make
that right, fine-tuning decision for yourself
that works for you every, single time.
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