+2. There's a whole industry based on diet fads, but it all boils down to 'eat less, exercise more'. I'm sure Drew would agree. I salute the great job he did.
Eat a little less
Eat a little better
Move a little more
I think the 'little better' part is key. if you eat crap packaged 'diet' foods you will 1- always be hungry and 2 - not enjoy eating, which leads to an unhealthy relationship with food.
I will add a note of nuance here though. You do have to pay attention to what you are eating. all too often in these kind of discussions someone says it boils down to calories in - calories out. and while that is superficially true, if you take in calories from the wrong sources you will mess up your metabolism and not get the results you are expecting. Similarly if you rely too heavily on shrinking the 'calories in' side of the equation you once again FUBAR your metabolism and set yourself up for failure.
True. It reminds me of the 80's when "low fat" was considered healthy. The food industry had just fallen in love with ultra cheap high fructose corn syrup and engineered "food" that replaced fat with sugar. The result was unsatisfying as far as satiating the appetite but highly addictive.
I like Michael Pollan's advice: Eat food not food products. If you get raw whole foods and cook for yourself most meals you can't go wrong. If you eat packaged "food" or at restaurants as a norm chances are you are getting sugar, sodium, and saturated fats in scary amounts that will literally eventually be the cause of your death and even worse make the last ten years of your life miserable. But you'll be well regarded by the pharmaceutical industry.
There's a big snowball effect. When I eat healthy and am active I have the energy to do more of that, when I eat crap and am sedentary I don't have the energy to make hood choices and also tend to drink more than one or two.