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Anything Goes Diet

anything goes diet cover The Anything Goes Diet is a weight loss program by John Barban, a nutrition specialist and researcher with experience as a personal trainer and a sports trainer.

The Anything Goes Diet, as its name implies, is a program which offers you a lot more freedom than other diet plans do. John Barban takes a non-restrictive approach to weight loss. Basically, on this diet plan you can really eat anything you want. However, you need to be smart about it in order to actually lose weight.

Barban takes a critical look at diet plans and finds that most of them are either based on inaccurate assumptions or are just not enjoyable enough to be used to long.

For instance, Barban talks about how many experts recommend cutting out certain foods based on flimsy research and assumptions. He also talks about how calorie counting, which a lot of experts recommend, actually leads you to make grave miscalculations and how most people vastly underestimate the amount of calories they consume.

Therefore, a more fluid and free diet plan is in order. This is what the Anything Goes Diet is supposed to be. The goal is to get you to a place where you’re in total control of your diet, that it fits in to your lifestyle, that you enjoy the food you eat, and that you can lose weight and keep if off for years to come.

A Freedom based diet plan

The Anything Goes Diet is based on the simple fact that to lose weight you need to create a calorie deficit, nothing more and nothing less. Weight loss is dependent on calories. You need to burn more than you put in. So, nearly all foods can be a part of your diet. There is smiling fit woman no such thing as a “bad” food in the Anything Goes Diet.

You just to remember that some foods contain more calories than others, so if you eat them you will need to “cut back” on other foods. However, it is your choice to make.

The Freedom of being able to eat what you want is one of the major advantages of this diet plan. You can indulge yourself by eating those “sinful” foods as long as your overall calorie intake is low enough to create a deficit.  If you’ve ever been on a diet plan that told you “eat this but don’t eat that”, you will find this weight loss approach refreshing and fun. It also certainly works.

However, it does require you to be in control of what you eat, to make sure that your more high calorie food choices don’t ruin your calorie deficit. Fortunately, John Barban provides a variety of helpful tips and techniques to make it easy to get a calorie deficit, even while eating high calorie foods.

With easy to apply guidelines and a lot of common sense, the Anything Goes Diet shows how it’s possible to lose weight without going crazy, without depriving yourself silly, without starving yourself, and while enjoying good food.

Exercise is Important but Not the Key

Barban has a unique way of looking at the role of diet and exercise. He says that your diet should be how you lose weight, while your exercise routine should be used to tone and build your muscles and improve your cardiovascular health. The extra calories you burn during your workouts should be considered a “bonus”.

This is a great way to avoid overcompensation (eating too much after working out) as your mind is geared toward losing weight by how you eat alone. In addition, he shows how most people overestimate how many calories they burn during their workouts, so if you’re depending on exercise to make you lose weight, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Common Sense in the Anything Goes Diet

Reading the Anything Goes Diet is like taking a deep breath. In a world where a lot of weight loss products are sold as “the only thing that works”, John Barban claims that a lot of things work. You just need to use common sense and follow a routine that will include a constant calorie deficit. You don’t need to eat special foods or to avoid them, you don’t need to do any special exercises, and you don’t need to spend a fortune on equipment. Just eat sensibly and you will lose weight.

Here are some of the things John Barban recommends doing in the Anything Goes Diet:

1. Plan your diet week by week – A lot of people try to make every day perfect. This simply doesn’t work. There are events, trips, parties, and so on. There will be days in which you won’t have a calorie deficit. Don’t worry. Plan a weekly deficit and you will be fine.

2. Don’t count calories – Most likely, you’ll get it wrong. Calorie counting is inaccurate at best. It requires weighing food, a lot of effort and you will still get it wrong (though often at no fault of yours). It’s much better to “guess” your calories and always assume that you’re consuming more than you think.

3. How to avoid weight loss sabotage – We’re surrounded by things and people who make it very difficult to lose weight. Barban has some excellent tips on how to NOT let this happen to you.

4. How some fat is actually good for you and why you should worry very little about eating foods with fat, in general.

5. Why there is really no such thing as a “bad” food and how this makes losing weight much easier.


What You get with the Anything Goes Diet

1. A recipe guide with a variety of recipes to make it easy to cook delicious meals and dishes which make it simple to have a calorie deficit.

2. A social eating guide – Going out to eat or eating at parties can ruin your diet. This guide helps you to enjoy socializing without paying the price.

3. Success tracking journal – A resource which you can use to track your results and effort.

4. Thinking Thin manual – A guide to help you get the right mindset for weight loss and clear away your mental obstacles.

5. The main Anything Goes Diet manual to give you the guidelines of the program and show you how to lose weight without going crazy.

What I Like Less About This Plan

1. There is little reference to healthy foods. The basic concept is to get you a calorie deficit.

2. There is no exercise manual. I understand that weight loss should come from eating, but a more detailed exercise manual would have been nice. John Barban is also the author of the Venus Index, which is a workout program (which I recommend) so you can use the two together.

In Conclusion

The Anything Goes Diet by John Barban is a program that makes weight loss relaxing. You don’t need to go crazy over anything. You just need a little common sense, self-control, and to follow the guidelines in the program. I have no doubt that you can lose weight with this plan. I do recommend to exercise regularly with it.

Date published: February 3, 2011. Last modified: August 16, 2011


  1. I love the Anything Goes Diet program and have had great psychological relief and good weight loss results. This may also be because I am combining it with an intermittent fasting program. I would say at 67 years old, “. I have one question for you – how to avoid binge eating on your program? I don’t seem to be able to stop buying holiday food, the cupboard is bursting with it, and I’m eating it now in October!
    Again, thanks so much for you outstanding work. It makes me feel whole, attractive, and deserving. I like the attention and compliments from other people, too. What is the best way to recommend your program to others in a nutshell?

    • Hi Aine,

      Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you’re doing so well. If you want to refer you friends, simply send them here to this webpage.

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