Despite what everyone else says, there is one diet that is better than all the rest of them. This may cause some controversy, but someone has to take a stand. You ready? I’ll let you in on the biggest secret in nutrition.
The best diet is…..
The One That Works For You
I know, shocking, isn’t it. But it is the truth. If you’re unable to consistently adhere to your diet plan of choice, maybe it’s not the one for you. Maybe it’s too restrictive.
What Diet Should I Do?
You have your pick of just about anything, and it can get very confusing. There’s IIFYM, Paleo, Low Fat, Ketogenic, Low Carb, Intermittent Fasting, etc. The list goes on and on. If you did a quick Google search, you’d get pages and pages of results. And I’d be willing to bet anything that by page 3 you’d give up searching. Some offer the promise of losing “x” amount of pounds, or detoxing toxins (whatever that means), or go on to say “y” nutrient is the devil and you’re forbidden to eat it.
So what diet should you actually do? Well….that depends on a myriad of factors, most important among them is whether or not you can confidently stick to your chosen diet. If you don’t think you can stick with it, then it might be a bad idea for you.
When we pick a program to follow, we usually see results pretty quickly, but what happens? We’re unable to keep up with the strict guidelines certain diets require, and we fall off the wagon. So the first thing we can do is avoid program hopping.
All the programs and books you see or read are garbage…if you can’t sustain them on a daily basis. There is no one best diet out there. The truth of the matter is, the best diet out there is the one that works for you, and that you can sustain without losing your mind.
The core of your nutritional philosophy should come down to forming healthier habits, not necessarily following a set of “eat this, not that” rules. Try to follow these recommendation to focus on a few important points rather than go through a whole nutritional overhaul.
- Eat whole, real foods filled with vitamins & minerals
- Focus on the quality of your food
- Be more aware of what you’re eating and how you feel
- Cut down on processed foods
- Drink more water**
**this is a biggie. Drinking more water will help you feel fuller and can curb you from overeating.
There are certainly more habits that you can develop depending on where you are starting from, and we go into more depth as far as that is concerned in our nutritional programs, but if you can master those basics, then you’ll no longer need to jump from diet book to diet book.
In the end, the best diet out there is the one that works for you, that you see sustainable success with, and that you can maintain without feeling deprived or restricted. Try to avoid going for the short term fix, because if you don’t develop those healthier habits, if you don’t learn anything, if you don’t get in tune with what your body wants, you’ll be bouncing around for a long time.