Tons of peeps are asking for the nitty gritty about My Diet Is Better Than Yours. They’re curious to learn more about The Nutrient Timing Plan, what I really thought of the show, and if I think any of the other experts are bat-shit crazy. I’m getting a massive amount of emails, comments, and shout-outs and it all feels wonderfully fuzzy. So, for the sake of consolidation, here’s an attempt to answer the most common questions in one fell swoop and to pull back the curtain on what it’s really like to be on a reality weight loss show…
What is The Nutrient Timing Plan?
Why did you decide to focus on nutrient timing?
That’s a totally fair question, because nutrient timing is ONE aspect of a badass plan. We chose to focus on nutrient timing for a few reasons: One, nutrient timing highlights the relationship between exercise and food and that, to me, is the sweet spot of a successful long-term health strategy. We NEED to eat thoughtful and we NEED to exercise, so nutrient timing plays nicely to both camps. Also, nobody was talking about nutrient timing, so there was some white space there.
Do you believe there is one diet that is better than all the others?
No. I consider myself a diet agnostic. I think peeps can have a ton of success with various nutrition and exercise plans. Self-experimentation is the name of the game. Shred Kitchen is very much in line with the philosophies we discussed with The Nutrient Timing Plan, but it’s not so much a diet book as it is a habit book. I like to say, “Toss a man a salad and he’ll eat well for a meal, but teach a man HOW to toss a salad and- WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT?”
How did you feel about your results on the show?
I’m a competitive SOB. Both LaTasha and I wanted to win the show and we did everything in our power to make as much progress as possible in the few short weeks we had together. I’d say we did a pretty damn good job, but truth be told, I have to give LaTasha most of the credit. She worked her ass off throughout a very vulnerable and difficult journey. I love that the show dealt with the tough decisions that we all face – what should we look for in a coach? When and why should we switch plans? What are the most important barometers of success? While I would have loved more time with LaTasha, I think she handled her circumstances with an incredible amount of grace. At the end of the day, I couldn’t be more proud of what we were able to accomplish.
It’s so rewarding to be able to work alongside experts who are smart, compassionate, and each a force in their own unique way. In a recent social post, I listed a few things (of many) that I LOVE about my fellow experts:
- Dawn – If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong. Plus, real-life, actionable strategies to swap in better-for-you choices.
- Abel – We actually laugh (and geek out) about how our food philosophies are so in line: we deserve excellent food, we need to rely on a more natural diet, and we should be mindful of the larger implications that our food choices have on our body AND the world.
- Jennifer – food is medicine. I love Jenn’s holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit and her mantra that “true health is never skin deep.” Plus, her background in martial arts is something that I both respect and admire.
- Jay – the idea that weight loss is a very deep and personal journey; that our individual psychology and our daily routine are intimately connected. Also, Jay is a badass trainer, which is pretty rad.
So while it was very much is a competition show, the truth is that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.
My husband and I can do the exact same diet and lose weight at different rates (he always wins!) Shouldn’t that be part of this discussion?
Haha. Absolutely. We’re all unique snowflakes (that’s what makes us wonderful, right?) Just because you lose weight slower, doesn’t make your body any less awesome. Try to be kind to yourself and remember that weight-loss and healthy eating is a life-long adventure.
Overall impression of the show?
More than anything, I feel as though My Diet Is Better Than Yours was a HUGE opportunity to share excellent information with a massive audience. The truth is (and I think all of the experts on the show would agree), there is not one perfect plan for everyone. I love that we were able to discuss the nuances of various food and exercise plans and I REALLY hope we continue to elevate the national conversation on health and weight loss.