The Classic Diet Path is all about harnessing the power of eating clean, whole foods without having to count or measure. It provides the right amount of accountability and freedom to dial in the quality of foods in your daily diet.
The Classic Diet is perfect for beginning and intermediate athletes, or for those who're simply aiming to clean up their diet by removing the garbage and replacing those foods with nutritionally dense whole foods.
Our 3 Diet Levels provide you with clear guidelines that take the guesswork out of your diet. You're encouraged and rewarded to make the best choice possible for each time period of the day. You aren't locked into one level, which gives you the freedom and the power to go at your own pace. Learn why whole foods will change your mindset and you'll experience lasting results.
Knowing what to eat and what to avoid is quick, easy, and enlightening. Use our Food Search to learn what foods are allowed at each level and why. Learn how to read labels and refer to this tool to help you become your own expert and coach. You can even print our handy Food Summary Chart to stick on your fridge or wherever you need a reminder.
During the Challenge, you're always encouraged to make the best choice possible. You have the flexibility to change between diet levels whenever you need to do so. In fact, you can choose your level for each of the 6 time periods of the day. That way, you're always rewarded for how well you do. No more falling off the wagon, or bingeing because you messed up a little.
Simply track which level you achieved for each meal or time period. You even have the option to journal notes about your meals, foods, or how you were feeling for each time period. Then click save and you are all set.
January Jump Start is all about creating lasting change by turning daily decisions into habits and lifestyle changes. Now you have the power to change your diet on your terms. We'll just help keep you focused, accountable, and supported the whole way through.
No. If you don't eat during one of the six periods of the day, then there's no Cheat. The time periods are Breakfast, Morning, Lunch, Afternoon, Dinner, and Evening. If you only eat 3 times per day with no snack, and didn't cheat during those meals, then you have a perfect score for the day.
This is an "innocent until proven guilty" scenario, meaning that if you don't eat during that time period, it counts as ELITE. However, we don't advocate starving yourself for points. Everyone's snacking habits and number of meals per day are different, so experiment with what works best for you and your goals. Eat, try new recipes, and enjoy the process.
From the outset, it's important to realize a calorie is not a calorie. Nutritionally speaking, not all calories are created equal. While we look at calories for this Challenge, we stand by the principle of eating nutrient-dense foods. Focus on the specific foods making up those calories. It's not just about calories in and calories out. When you focus on quality foods, as outlined in our 3 diet levels, many people don't even need to count calories.
That being said, it's important that you're within range so as to not be consuming too few calories, which is not the goal of January Jump Start. The best tool is our Macro & Calorie Calculator, which will give you a good calorie target to aim for based on your goals and where you're at right now. The recommendations vary depending on your activity level and your goal during the Challenge. The Classic Diet path doesn't require you to track your calories, but knowing your recommended range for both rest and active days can be quite enlightening.
You can find even more details and our general recommendations by reviewing our Nutrition U Series.