Which one is Right?
Now more than ever with the amount of free flowing information at the hands of consumers it is easy to be swept up by the current fad diet. You may even have friends giving passionate testimonials for their diet as if they get a referral bonus. It can be extremely confusing for someone reviewing the literature and research on all the very different theories on nutrition. Each idea seems to have their own vast sea of supporters who confidently proclaim their way to be the right way.
Each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs. It is the understanding that no food philosophy or diet can yield the same results for everyone. There are many factors that contribute to your well-being, including age, gender, ancestral background, lifestyle, and your unique needs and personal preferences. This explains why diets that focus on a current “trend” are difficult to sustain and don’t work for everyone. Identifying your specific nutritional requirements is part of the learning process on your wellness journey.
Most nutrition books tell you what to eat without any reference to individuality. But the truth is that the food that is perfect for your unique body may make another person gain weight and feel lethargic.
What’s more, no perfect way of eating will work for you all the time. Foods you loved for years may no longer agree with you, and what you crave in the winter is completely different than what you crave in the summer. It’s important to not get stuck in dietary dogma and instead eat intuitively, trusting your body to guide you to the foods that best support you.
Calorie Maintenance (The closest to a one size fits all approach.)
The granddaddy of them all!!! As the old sports announcer Keith Jackson used to proclaim about the Rose Bowl. What I am talking about is calorie counting and portion control. This can be really simple from just watching how much food you put on the plate, to highly complex food logs that take into account the macro-nutrients and even water. It's worked for millions and the effectiveness as well as science can not be denied. Simply eating few calories than you burn is a great way to lose weight and should probably be a starting point for most people looking to lose weight or improve health. Generally speaking this approach does work.
At its very core, fasting simply allows the body to burn off excess body fat. It is important to realize that this is normal and humans have evolved to fast without detrimental health consequences. Body fat is merely food energy that has been stored away. If you don’t eat, your body will simply “eat” its own fat for energy. Not only can this help you lose weight but will help in many other ways by syncing you bodies biological clock.
All the rage these days. With this diet you go really light on the carbs and even protein which causes your body to become fat adapted. Many teachers swear by this. Your entire body switches its fuel supply to run primarily on fat. This is great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy. This may help keep you alert and focused. Teachers have reported that a keto diet has cured their brain fog.