Vegan? Intermittent Fasting?….The options are as varied as any of the packaged food items you will find in the grocery store, but research indicates that the best healthy diet is the one that a person can stick with for the long term. Quick fixes are not the answer, the Truth is there is not really a “Best Diet” it varies person to person. Factors like age, activity level, hormones, budget, and even DNA factor in. Our bodies are amazingly adaptable to an array of plans, but to stick to the plan it has to match the person’s lifestyle and unique physiology.
You are not alone. We ALL like them, but some people can tolerate more than others. Lowering carbs does work, mainly because it lowers our insulin reaction. So parting ways with Sugar works. For some, cutting back on pasta, potatoes, and rice as well. I don’t believe most people need to eliminate carbs completely, but cutting out the Sugar, start there.
We need protein and healthy fats. Our personal, moral and ethical values play a factor here. Eating animal foods or plant based foods higher in protein and getting those healthy fats in is necessary for humans. How we work this out varies, but we do need a steady source to keep our bodies running smoothly.
Yes in that order :) We need way more than most are getting in a typical day.
When we start paying attention to our eating, we feel better and naturally want to up the physical activity. When we exercise regularly, with a mix of high and low intensity activities we improve our ability to turn the food we eat into functional tissue instead of fat.
Traditional diets from various tribes and ethnic groups throughout the world have shown us what works. The Blue Zone…google it, it works. Being moderate works. The most effective nutrition plans are similar and different at the same time. Yes, even Paleo and Plant Based have similarities. When done properly, Paleo and Plant based diets both require small meals frequently, they both require more vegetables, they both require simply paying better attention to what you eat and when you eat to improve your own health. They both require taking ownership of your lifestyle choices, exercising more, and controlling stress levels.
When we focus on simply caring more about what we eat in the first place…we get Results.
Paleo and low carb advocates want us to eat more natural, free range animal based foods that are higher in protein, higher in fat, and are minimally processed.
Vegan and high carb advocates want us to eat more natural, plant based foods that are higher in fibre, antioxidants, and are minimally processed. Recognize what’s common here? Less junk, less processed. Both camps recommend eating whole, minimally processed, nutrient rich foods. So whichever way you lean you will eliminate nutrient deficiencies by going towards more minimally processed foods.
When we are eating better, getting more water, feeling fully hydrated and our elimination system is working well we Look and Feel better. We feel rejuvenated. The transformation can be dramatic.
When we are more aware of what we are eating, choosing more satisfying, higher quality foods, and eliminating nutrient deficiencies we almost always end up eating less total food. We feel more satisfied. We lose fat, gain lean muscle and perform better. Notice that Both of these plans don’t require calorie counting or weighing food. Simply focusing on food awareness and food quality is usually enough for people to Tune In to their own hunger and appetite. And that means calorie control without the annoying calorie math. It also means you can maintain your results. Counting calories has a shelf life, nobody can do it forever.
long term nutrition habits Trump diet plans ALWAYS. Building healthy habits slowly (called nutritional progression model) in small steps over time works. A full lifestyle overhaul in
one day can be too much to sustain. So, the best diet to follow actually is….
Consider your needs. What do you want to accomplish? How do you live? What is really important to you? Then create an approach that is specific to your goals and your lifestyle. Look at your family, your life demands, your stress level, your work situation, income level, cooking experience, time availability, and so on. What worked 10 years ago may not work for you now. Reassess and adjust your plan to suit where you are now.