One of the most important components to shedding belly fat is nutrition. Not too long ago, I had some time available and went to the library. I checked out 11 different diet books. I wanted to get to the bottom of the whole nutrition thing.

Let’s face it, every author of a diet book has to put a different spin on the same topic. So you get all these crazy diet plans. Everything from your blood type to the zone. From the South Beach to the Mediterranean diet. From Atkins to Pritikin. From Dr. Oz to Dr. Perricone.

It all looks a little confusing. Here is what I did to help sort out all the science from all the nonsense.

I built a spreadsheet. I looked at all the different diet and nutrition books. I took all the common factors. It came down to this:

There are 3 macronutrients. (And hundreds of micronutrients, but that’s for a different day…)

That’s it. After this semi-exhaustive search, and my amazing abilities to put things in the proper place in a spreadsheet I drew two conclusions:

1. Eat less calories than you expend.

2. Balance the 3 macro nutrients.

It really is that simple. Where it gets complicated is that each of the books had a slightly different outlook on what the optimal balance is. One book said 40% carbs, 30% fat and 30% protein. Another book had 40% protein, 25% fat and 35% carbs. Yet another book had a different balance.

I think it depends on your physical make up. Some guys will do better with more protein, some with more carbs. Ultimately, I think as long as you stay within the guidelines and keep your fat consumption under 30% and try to eat healthy fats rather than saturated fats you’ll drop the pounds.

I know it’s working for me. By taking this uncomplicated approach, and adding walking to my daily routine, I’ve dropped 6 pounds in the last three weeks!

Try it. It will work for you as well.

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