The five contestants on ABC’s My Diet Is Better Than Yours are the ones losing the weight—but that doesn’t mean viewers can’t shed pounds along with them.
To help you get there, two trainers from the new weight loss show are sharing easy tips for following their diet plans.
Abel James of the Wild Diet says the first thing to remember for “living your best life” is to quit counting calories.
“Just focus on eating real food, preferably veggies and protein, every single meal,” he says in this exclusive video.
He also recommends staying away from diet food like protein bars and says to ignore nutrition facts all together—instead making sure the ingredients are all “real food.”
“Eat wild seafood, pastured animals and wild game,” says the trainer who is mentoring contestant Kurt Morgan. “These healthy animals will help you burn more fat that factory-farmed frankenfoods.”
James’ competitor Carolyn Barnes takes a more holistic approach with the Clean Momma Plan.
The trainer—whose program includes finding ways to burn calories with everyday tasks—notes awareness, honesty and truth, gratitude and love as the basis of her diet philosophy.
“Until you get to the root of why you’re holding onto weight and the bigger picture, then you can’t have a sustained lifestyle change,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s not about magical results, kicking your legs up and expecting sunshine to happen. You’ve got to do the work. It’s about decluttering your mind, your body and your surroundings.”
—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone