Two Trainers From My Diet Is Better Than Yours Explain Their Fitness Philosophies

01/13/2016 at 12:19 PM ET

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.

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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.

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“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

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carolyn on

Don’t put butter in your coffee to shed the weight. If you really want to shed the pounds, one must clear out the clutter before you get to your goal. Take an artichoke, scrape of the fuzz, and enjoy the heart. Like the artichoke, we must scrape off our fuzz and can enjoy our new self. Put a stick of butter in that… yummy!
xoxoxo ‪#‎ablejames‬

Stephen on

What is funny is their actual diets are very similar. If you eat clean (which is what they both want), you will reap a clean lifestyle. The details are slightly different, but the basis is the same.

And Carolyn–I don’t think Abel wants you to put butter in your coffee. You are straw-manning that one. Remember, there is more than one way to skin a cat.

MissKing on

Carolyn was, not a nice lady. Just because your diet did not work for one person doesn’t mean it doesn’t work at all, no reason to throw someone under the bus.

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