Nailing Your Diet–It’s Often About What You DON’T Do

We’re bombarded multiple times a day, it seems, with new “breakthrough” diets. Nothing wrong with new things, sometimes they can keep things interesting.

Yet, Solomon, one of the wisest men of all time, famously said, “There’s nothing new under the sun.”

The laws of health are immutable. They’re unchanging. And following them is pretty simple.

Often, we don’t need to ADD things to our lives, we need to simplify, and sometimes let go of things.

Another wise man–I’d say the wisest–famously boiled down all of his Father’s laws into just two–“Love God and love your neighbor as yourself.”

That’s nice and simple!

And while we’re contemplating the sayings of wise men, I have one more,  from the late, great Bruce Lee: “It’s not a daily increase, but a daily DECREASE. Hack away at the inessentials.”

Well said, Bruce!

Specifically, in the world of nutrition, people generally get into trouble by doing too much–too much food, too many meals (especially too much food too late at night!).

Would-be bodybuilders often chug down too much protein, which turns to fat. Not to mention the multitudes who eat too much sugar, which also turns to fat. The list goes on.

Paul “Coach” Wade covers much of this ground and much more in his brilliant book, Convict Conditioning 2, which is the sequel to the classic Convict Conditioning (BTW, I’m not getting paid to endorse these books, but maybe I should look into it!). The man spent many years of his life in some of the meanest prisons in America, and has come away with fascinating, yet completely common sense, insights into simple yet profoundly productive physical training, diet, injury prevention, and more. Don’t be turned off by the titles or judge this man’s past–these are amazing books.

One observation Mr. Wade made that is really sticking to me, is that prison inmates have regular meal times, which establishes consistency. He also observed that they’d eat dinner at 5 or 6 PM, and not eat again that night, with lights out 5 or so hours later, so the body would automatically be in a fasted state while they slept. This gives the body’s digestive and other systems a much needed rest, and allows the food we have eaten to properly assimilate. He remarked that he saw a much lower incidence of obesity inside prison than on the outside. Makes sense.

So don’t pay too much attention to new shiny objects in the world of diet and nutrition. Yes, there are some great new breakthroughs out there, and I have looked into and implemented many of them, but overall, a sound diet–and a sound life– are reached through timeless principles that never change.

To Your Health & Fitness,


Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). Patrick is available for Personal Training, Small Group Training, and Nutritional Consulting, both in person and via phone and Skype. He can be reached at

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