What is The What IF Diet Plan?
As stated in the prologue, the What IF Diet Plan is essentially an intermittent fasting lifestyle. This diet does not limit the type or amount of food you can eat, just the time frame in which you can eat it. It also does not require calorie counting or portion control. In fact, the What IF Diet Plan is probably like no other diet you have ever tried before.
I was hesitant to even call this a “diet” since it does not focus on restricting calories or food groups, as most conventional diets do. In contrast, the What IF Diet Plan allows you to never think or worry about food again! I sought out other terms I could use instead, such as strategy, procedure, arrangement, routine, but nothing else seemed to fit. The term diet seemed a natural fit.
So, in searching for the perfect term to describe my plan, I looked up the official definition of the word diet in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and found this statement:
But diet was used in another sense too in the Middle and early modern English periods to mean “way of living.” This is, in fact, the original meaning of diet’s Greek ancestor diaita, which is derived from the verb diaitasthan, meaning “to lead one’s life.”
I just about fell out of my chair when I read the definition! It turns out that the original meaning for the word diet was exactly what I was looking for to describe the What IF Diet Plan. In fact, this goes to show just how skewed our view of health and nutrition has become throughout history. I now believe that the word diet was never meant to convey restriction or willpower. It was simply meant to convey a way of living one’s life, which shouldn’t be an endeavor. Life should be as relaxed, fruitful, and worry free as possible. This describes the What IF Diet Plan perfectly!
That being said, the What IF Diet Plan is not a quick fix. Although it is possible to lose weight quickly on the plan, that is not my main goal for you. My ultimate goal for anyone reading this book is developing a lifelong style of eating that will free you from ever having to worry about food, while also allowing your body to naturally regulate and heal itself. So, whether your goal is to lose 100 pounds, feel more energized, have clearer skin, gain muscle, etc., the What IF Diet Plan can work for you.