Indiana Jones and The Holy Grail of Weight Loss

Here’s some questions I get a lot:

  • “Is there a magic food I can eat for weight loss?”
  • If I eat avocados will they get rid of my belly fat?”  
  • “I heard carbs are bad for you and I should eat like a caveman, is that true?”
  • “What foods can I eat that will make me lose weight?”

You see ads or stories covering every day online about some new supplement or exotic food, which claims to be the “Holy Grail of weight loss.”

There’s only one person who ever found a Holy Grail, and that’s Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones is one of the greatest film franchises of all time. And Last Crusade is the best of the trilogy.

(Yes, I said Trilogy, Crystal Skull was just a bad dream that somehow got brought to reality via a wormhole opened by transcendental beings.)

The last 15 minutes or so have some powerful philosophical scenes. But my focus in this article, is on the scene within the Grail Chamber.

False Idols of Weight Loss

Millions of Americans, as well as big Pharma, have been on a quest for the Holy Grail of weight loss for well over 100 years.

Countless diet pills and supplements have been promoted to us as the Holy Grail to ripped, chiseled, six-pack abs and firmer tighter arms and butts.

“This food and that food will cut through your belly fat.” 

“Avoid these foods which make you fat.”

“Do a handstand and rub your belly and bark like a dog 3 times a day, and you will lose 10 pounds and gain a six pack in 4 weeks.” 

Sensational claims and promises from fat-burner supplements or fad diets on the cover of Cosmo or The Huffington Post are as empty and false as rest of the chalices Indiana had to choose from.

You want to buy the flashy, catchy, “hottest” items on the market.

But, it’s the stupid-simple, non-sexy actions that get the job done.

The grail of weight loss is about as exciting as a wooden cup.

The Cup of a Dieter

The holy grail of weight loss is simply this: to lose body fat you must be in a caloric deficit (meaning you have to eat less than what you burn/spend).

  • No “magic” food will do that for you.  
  • No pill will erase your mistakes.  
  • There is no sanctified liquid ingested by Arnold that will melt all your fat away.

To achieve your Grail of Weight Loss, it takes time and dedication. Not pills or powders.

The goal is the Grail.

The quest is the work you put in.

On your quest for your Grail, you can use apps like:

  • A Food Tracking App i.e. MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, Cronometer etc
  • A Food Scale.  I have this one from Target, I bought it on sale but you can get these for even cheaper on Amazon as well. Just get one that is Stainless Steel as its easier to wipe down and keep clean.
  • A “Compass”: aka an app to track your workouts like Fitocracy, MapMyFitness, Endomondo, etc
  • A Guide/Sidekick: hire a coach who can map out a program for you as well be a source of accountability for those times when your quest becomes tough.


There was a catch with the Holy Grail that Indiana and his father drank from. The Grail couldn’t leave the temple, and whoever drank from it, could only have eternal life within the confines of the temple.

Sounds like someone needed a better attorney for those contract negotiations.

This is sort of how flashy or fad diets work as well.

You’re told you can never eat these “bad” foods that you love sooooooo much ever again if you want to live and not die tomorrow.

While everyone else is out having fun eating ice cream and pizza, you’re stuck inside a cave munching on “cauliflower pizza” and that weird imitation ice cream that tastes like the wrapper of a Tootsie Pop.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

With the 7 Principles of Fat Loss below, you’ll discover the only steps you need to take to make consistent progress in your battle for fat loss.

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