Lose weight EASILY by doing a Nutrition Info De-clutter

by Brad Pilon

Last Thursday’s blog post on ‘The Zen of Nutrition‘ is probably the best example of my current views on Health and Nutrition.

And, after reading through the comments I see that a lot of people feel the same as I do.

we’ve had ENOUGH. (Why do we try to make it so hard?)

It’s time to de-clutter our minds and simplify our approach.

There is ZERO relationship between how many fitness guru emails we receive each day, how many fitness books we read, how many health forums we visit, and how much weight we lose or how healthy we feel.

Or as Terri put it

“I own about 200 diet/nutrition books, and seriously, for what? What has worked for me and always has worked for me, is cutting down on calories.”

And Todd hit the nail on the head he he said:

“Over complicating is a major source of waste, anxiety, and confusion.”

Stressing over what we eat, how we workout, what to do to lose weight..all the confusion and frustration, it has to go away.

and “Chains” has the perfect solution….We all need to De-clutter.

“You know what I did immediately after reading this quote… I started unsubscribing from all the people I used to grab some nutrition and fitness information from.”

After reading Chains comment, I immediately did the same. I “Unsubscribed” from 11 different health and fitness newsletters.


Because I don’t need them to lose weight. And if they are full of nutrition and fitness rhetoric and ‘eat this, not that’ lists and rules I need to follow, then all they are doing is contributing to my mind-clutter.

And besides. If I want their advice, I’ll go visit their blogs.

At least this way I have a choice of when and where I read there information, instead of reading 11 different and conflicting messages EVERY SINGLE MORNING!

Now, I have kept a couple newsletter subscriptions. One because he emails about his workouts, and well… I find this interesting. And another because I find him entertaining and witty, and some mornings I NEED entertaining and witty.

But the rest of them, they’re gone.

As Pilbara commented:

‘As a wise man said to me `you are not responsible for the thoughts that come into your mind – but you are responsible for those you chose to act upon’

Well, It’s time to start taking control of the thoughts that come into your head. And really, I’m not cutting back on true nutrition info, I’m just cutting back on my daily dose of health and fitness sales-pitch.

Look at the emails you receive every week (INCLUDING The ones from me). Keep the ones that are positive, encouraging and entertaining. Get rid of the rest.


PS- I’m thinking of following Terri’s advice and taking my de-clutter one step further:

I just packed up about 100 of my diet books and am donating them to my library.


Lani August 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Hey Brad,

Just got your email this morning and was inspired to come on in here and comment. Then I posted it on the wrong thread! So now that I’m in the right place 😉 ……

The clarity which we can cultivate around the dietary issue can be such a relief. Simplify. Once we realize that many dietary manipulations are just ways to trick us into eating less, we begin to understand there is no magic bullet. Except ourselves.

Long ago when wrestling with diet demons, one of the mos powerful things I did was to purge my diet bookshelf. Just took them all to friends of the library.

And I seriously considered taking them to the dump so they wouldn’t clutter and confuse anyone else’s process! But then I realized that everyone has their own progression through time and materials….

Your note came at a great time for another reason as I’m thick into decluttering my office, closet, kitchen, pantry….it’s a universal theme!

Thanks for the added insight and synchronicity!


Grok August 18, 2009 at 1:25 am

I think I’ll do the same. I’m getting quite the list that I almost never read.

Beth August 18, 2009 at 2:12 am

Interesting post. I just counted that I have eleven health and fitness blogs/sites on my RSS feed (including this one) and only actually read the posts from about three of them (including this one). Time to downsize methinks!

Alex August 18, 2009 at 5:43 am

“There is ZERO relationship between how many fitness guru emails we receive each day, how many fitness books we read, how many health forums we visit, and how much weight we lose or how healthy we feel”

One of the best lines ever about nutrition, IMO its about finding a system that works for you & your personality, lifestyle – once found stick with it, but we seem to be continually searching over stimulating ourselves with info, but do we act on it ?

Keep it simple & act on the advice

Linda August 18, 2009 at 6:43 am

I love this blog, and your ideas Brad. Your clarity is refreshing and very helpful to me. Plus your ideas WORK!

TrainerJason August 18, 2009 at 9:05 am

I’m right there with you on decluttering for results in weight loss. The problem I run into is based on health concerns; which is how I got here in the first place.

Almost two years ago I started to watch some documentaries on the multiple ways our food supply has gone toxic. For the sake of space and time I’ll skip the journey and just get down to the results. With out working out and just changing my eating habbits to avoid the toxicisity of the American diet I lost nearly 100 lbs. and curried myself of the symptoms of acid reflux, nasal congestion, and a number of more minor aches and pains.

As the weight loss became noticable and I attracted one the most phenominal women I have ever been with in my life, fitness became more of an issue. I’ve hit a platue with just the healthy eating and my work out have not been as effective as I had hoped. I got on to the Adonis program because it had the key I was missing for a work out plan, it also has a basic no brainer nutrition plan.

The down side is that fundamentally it is great and gives me an idea of calories and protien, carb, and fat ratios to shoot for; it also incorporates a lot of the foods that I have cut out of my life. I would no sooner eat peanut butter again than I would want to smoke again. Ok, actually I want to do both but that’s just my inner child needing spanked again.

On the flip side, the longevity and health guru that I has resonated the most with me has a suppliment plan and suggested foods, but the focus is on food as medicine and micronutrition as opposed to the macro that helps me with the Adonis program. I’m good to eat as much of anything that I crave on that program with out regard to the 40-30-30 ratios I’m trying to maintain here.

So really the end of result of the rant is, to meet both my body shape goals and overall health goals and lifestyle choices I have to take the time and make the effort to dig into the micro and make it work for the macro; I have to find the way to bring the two programs together.

I can’t be the only one. I know there has to be a few other raw food vegan types wrestling with this.

Amy August 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Well said Brad. Intelligent useful ideas that do not complicate life. Often we don’t realize that while we are fighting against something, like against being overweight, we cling to the problem, as we identify ourselves as overweight. We are attached to the fight itself instead of letting it go. The liberty of mind, and the power of change – that is the path we have to find.

Brad Pilon August 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Remember that documenteries HAVE to be contraversial, HAVE to be counter culture and HAVE to be shocking to sell. Imagine the documentary Montasanto – “The feel good food company”…it just wouldn’t fly.

Food gone toxic, maybe, but you have no way of knowing whether or not what helped you was simply eating less.

In my eyes the leading health and longevity gurus are the group of people who are living past 100, who share no dietary secretes or commonalities and certainly DO NOT share some secret supplement regimen. In fact, as Dr. Aubrey De Grey pointed out, what they do share is a laid back attitude and a happy demeanor (I’m paraphrasing).

I think my point is we can all get the same, if not better results with half the thought and a quarter of the stress.

Michael - The Fat Loss Authority August 19, 2009 at 7:28 am


I struggle with this every morning. So many emails saying do this and not that…

In the end, it’s all very simple but the action required is the toughest part. Mankind is lazy and is always looking for the easiest route. Cut the junk and just take action!


Mike Haydon August 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Hey Brad. I’m so upset I decided to buy Eat Stop Eat, read it and re-read it and put it into practice! It was the worst thing I’ve done in a very long time. Now I can’t read my muscle/fitness magazines, listen to fitness gurus or watch people struggling with a food addiction without getting angry at the lies they tell and are told (ok, so maybe you didn’t expect that to be the reason for my being upset lol).

I just get so disappointed watching people I love stressing over food choices while getting fatter. Then they ask me how I’ve reduced my body fat percentage to 10% (and falling!) while gaining overall weight. I tell them I fast twice a week and don’t stress over what I eat the rest of the time and they just plain don’t believe me. I explain why it works and they look at me like I’m from another planet. I know everyone has their journey, but it hurts to see them go through it.

As kids, my parents made us fast twice a week for religious reasons, but when I left home I didn’t keep to it because of all the false info out there. Seems my parents were right 🙂

To this article: I find my magazines inspire me while I just gloss over the nutrition “information”, but there are a few blogs I need to declutter from my RSS (not this one!). Thanks.

Keighton August 28, 2009 at 9:20 am

Hey Brad,

Based on this post, would you still rate the top three diet books the way you did in your diet books article?


Dan K September 8, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Found your blog through Zen Habits. Not to contradict the master here, but I guess I would have added, or even substituted “get out more.” That’s what worked for me.

After being a couch potato for over 25 years, my wife’s health problems forced me into being a caregiver. For her sake, and for mine, I decided I better take care of myself as well – I started walking – then, to get my heart rate up, I started looking for residential hills to climb (how dumb is that!) – discovered a hiking trail at the top of one of those hills – and, in the past year, I have lost 60 pounds – through hiking, just eating smarter, and maybe some stress as well (that’s the BAD way to lose weight).

At the age of 59, I’ll never get great abs – it’s not something I even think about – but I am doing things I never did, or thought I could do – I am trying to eat smart while enjoying food – and trying to make up for the 30 years I coasted through marriage and work.

Sadly, since our beautiful Angeles National Forest, here in So Calif, burned so badly over the past 2 weeks, I have lost many wonderful places to hike. Truly a terrible loss.

Dan Kronstadt

Terri September 30, 2009 at 7:17 am

I’m wondering if you think the human body changes during pregnancy, so that you can gain weight at a calorie level that used to be perfect to maintain. I am now pregnant, and gaining a lot of weight even though I’m working out and watching my calories (dr says 2200/day). I’m wondering if this is some freak incident or if it’s because I’m not working out as hard because I’m so nauseous. I’m also eating a lot more carbs, but I know you don’t think that matters (assuming we keep calories constant). I’m getting so frustrated with this weight gain because I’m normally a thin person and now I’m feeling flabby and gross. I, of course, want a healthy baby, so I’ll deal with the weight gain. It’ll be nice to know that this is maybe a survival mechanism. Can’t wait to do ESE in 6 months!

Brad Pilon September 30, 2009 at 8:25 am

You are going to gain weight. As you are pregnant your body, your hormones, your genes, EVERYTHING is changing.

You are not flabby and gross. You are pregnant. Easy for me to say (being a man) but its true.

Embrace it. Even if you have 3 kids (and live to 80) you will spend less than 3% of your ENTIRE life being pregnant…might as well try to enjoy it!


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