“Here, you can have it.”
I handed the cupcake to my friend, who looked at me like I’d just given him the answers to last night’s algebra homework.
One of my classmates had a birthday, and in seventh grade, that meant cupcakes and pizza.
For me, it meant giving my cupcakes and pizza to friends.
I wanted to get leaner so I could run faster, so I started eating less. In four months, I got washboard abs and veins on every part of my body. I felt great.
Then I started counting calories.
Then I cut out junk food.
Then I went paleo.
I even ate vegetarian for a few weeks.
I almost died from anorexia — twice — due to my obsessive eating habits. I avoided parties and other social settings that involved food.
It took five years, but I found a system that helps me stay lean, healthy, and happy.
It’s called flexible dieting, and I’m going to teach you how to use it.
What is Flexible Dieting?
Flexible dieting is collection of principles that help you stay lean, healthy, and happy, by eating a diet you can enjoy and maintain.
There are three things that make flexible dieting different from other approaches:
1. You modify your diet based on your preferences, goals, and tolerances.
2. You let yourself enjoy your favorite foods in moderation without feeling guilty or deprived.
3. You focus just as much on maintaining fat loss as on achieving it.
In this series, you’re going to learn how to use these principles to create a flexible diet that works for you.
In 12 weeks, you’ll be eating your favorite foods while staying lean and happy. (That’s the goal).
Flexible Dieting in 12 Weeks
I’ve divided this mini-course into three phases.
In the first month, you’re going to master the basic principles that everyone should generally follow to stay lean. You already know a lot of this information, but it’s a good idea to cover it again.
Week 1: Make better food choices.
Week 2: Eat when you’re hungry.
Week 3: Stop eating when you’re satisfied.
Week 4: Learn to eat more mindfully.
Week 1: Track everything you eat.
Week 2: Set calorie and macronutrient targets and create a meal plan.
Step 3: Adjust your meal plan.
Step 4: Plan indulgences.
In the last four weeks of the course, you’re going to put your diet on autopilot, so you can stay lean and happy without having to think about it.
Week 1: Conduct a habit audit.
Week 2: Plan for exceptions and problems.
Week 3: Set better goals and create a diet checklist.
Week 4: Begin transitioning away from tracking your diet.
At the very end of the program, you’ll learn how to adapt the principles of flexible dieting to your new goals and preferences.
If you’re struggling to lose fat, stay satisfied, and kill your obsessive thoughts about food, this course is for you.
### Want to learn how to use flexible dieting right now?
This entire 12-week program is based on my new book, *[Flexible Dieting](http://evidencemag.com/flexible-dieting-book)*.
The book has about 100 extra pages that explain why most diets fail, why this system works, and how to use many additional tips and tricks to stay lean.
You’ll also get to read many case studies of people who’ve used flexible dieting to get lean without the stress and effort of regular dieting. Eric Helms, a pro bodybuilding coach, uses the same methods on himself and on many of his clients. Here’s what he said about *Flexible Dieting*.
“Armi has really outdone himself (again) with his latest book on flexible dieting. He builds on the shoulders of giants like Lyle McDonald’s Guide to Flexible Dieting and takes the process a step further to truly provide a workable guide to what can be a very nebulous topic.”
“It’s great to transition from rigid meal plans to less rigid macro guidelines, but for everyone who has made that transition and is now looking up and feeling that their life is ruled by a set of macro nutrients and the food scale, this is the book for you.”
– Eric Helms
If you’re interested, click here to learn more. Or you can just stick to the free stuff.