Your Fitness Quest, Part 3: Unlearn What You Have Learned…About Diets

Master Yoda - Unlearn What You Have Learned About Diets

Master Yoda was right: before we can even start, you’re going to have to unlearn what you have learned…about diets and dieting.

Because if you plan on losing weight–and keeping that weight off–you need to understand something: diets are bad. Here at Geek Fitness, we don’t like diets.

So when I use the word diet, I am using it to mean the kind of food that you eat, not to restrict yourself for weight loss. If you follow my plan, follow what I did to lose weight, you will not be going on a diet; you will just be changing your diet.

You see, weight loss and healthy living is about one thing: sustainability. I don’t care if you can lose over 9,000 pounds on the Superfast, Ultrafun Make-You-A-Millionaire Diet if you gain back that weight the moment you stop restricting yourself. In the end, it didn’t work.

The only thing that will effect sustained weight loss is a change in lifestyle. Period.

So instead of thinking about this as a diet you’re going on, think about it as the quest for your new lifestyle–your fitness quest.

Also, there is one, primary rule if you’re going to follow my plan: you will not deprive yourself. I want you to be happy. I do. Really.

On top of just being a nice guy, I know that if you’re not happy, you won’t stick with the quest. So if you want that slice of cake, have that slice of cake. Just make it a smaller slice, if you can. If not, no big whoop–unless you’re having that cake every day.

You do whatever you have to do to be happy. That’s what matters. Because there is no end-date for this. This is not a diet, remember? It’s your lifestyle. And you’re losing weight to be happy, right? So be happy.

Remember, it isn’t that you can’t eat that cake, it’s that you don’t. There’s a big difference.


When I first started out on this quest, I used a modified version of the low-glycemic index diet to effect that change in myself and my lifestyle. In the spirit of openness, I actually can’t take credit for this. I found out about it from my in-laws. So, you know, big thanks to them, right?

Like really big thanks. Turns out, they had each lost about 40 pounds eating low-glycemic and never lifted a finger to exercise.

I said, “Sign me up.”


Eating low-glycemic is not eating low carb. It’s eating low simple carbs. You can have a moderate number of complex carbohydrates each day and lose a ton of weight. In essence, you avoid anything white, eat a moderate amount of stuff that’s brown, and a lot of stuff that’s green–or other colors.

The reason being that your body burns simple carbohydrates very quickly for energy. And if you don’t exercise that energy away, your body stores it away for later use as fat. Once it’s burned away, you’re hungry again, so you go and eat more, despite not having used the energy from the first meal.

Complex carbs, on the other hand, take longer to process. So you get more energy from them, and you stay full longer. Which means you won’t be eating as much or as often.

And in all honesty, that’s it. That’s all it took to start me on the road to losing 140 pounds. Really. Not eating simple carbs. Just that.

The calories in carbs aren’t what hurt you. The extra calories–the ones you eat from burning through your food too quickly–hurt you.

So as you make progress through the stages of your newly accepted fitness quest, remember the two rules to sustainable, Geek Fitness-style weight loss:

  • Don’t deprive yourself–It isn’t that you can’t eat cake, it’s that you don’t. 
  • Eat no white food, eat some brown food, eat bunches of every other color.

How does that sound to you?

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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  1. Jenn

    Great piece.

    In college, I lost over 100 pounds, and it was all lifestyle change. I ate healthy, but splurged, and I walked EVERYWHERE and drank tons of water. It’s the only way to go. Sustainable, healthy and does great things for the metabolism.

    I’m not really bothered by white foods. I don’t eat a lot of bread anyway, so occasional pasta or rice is alright for my purposes.

    Congratulations on your progress on this journey!

    • B.J. Keeton

      That’s awesome, Jenn! I wish more people could see it as a lifestyle change instead of a quick on-and-off diet.

      White food and pasta isn’t nearly the demon it used to be for me. While I don’t eat it every day, if I happen to want some rice or pasta that isn’t whole grain, I run enough to really not be affected adversely by it.

      Again, congrats on the loss yourself! That’s amazing.

      (Oh, and I took the liberty of adjusting your url. It was ww instead of www. Didn’t want that to be a problem in anyone getting to your place.)

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