What is the perfect diet?
There are plenty of answers to what someone’s diet should be. Too many out there that are premised of the notion that eliminating complete food groups or whole macronutrients from your nutritional choices. For example:
And the list goes on and on and on.
Now, according to each fad diet this way normally tends to be marketed as the ONLY way to live. Apparently, there is 0% chance that ANY other way of eating could be validated at all and produces zero results...
Basically the concept of fad diet culture that we live in today is as follows : It’s my way or the highway, and everyone else is wrong.
Here’s my take on it.
I call complete BULL****!
In what ways , no matter the “research” that there is to support these claims, does a COMPLETE elimination of a food group lead to continued success over time? In my experience , 99 percent of the time it's not going to allow for consistency and realistically you are setting yourself/ your client up for failure long term. For example: “ Fruits are full of sugar, so they are bad for you.” These types of extremist statements not only cause confusion among us , but also are the spark plug for non-successful relationships with food. These statements are normally meant to confuse the consumer or possible client into buying a product or service. But I digress ☕️ 🐸
Is there sugar in fruit? Of course.
Is there sugar in cookies? Yes
Does fruit hold the same nutritional value as cookies/cakes/ and all of the other magically delicious foods that would make it into this category. ABSOLUTELY NOT! So why would you ever want to eliminate fruits from your diet? Carbs are “bad”, so does that mean everything composed of carbs is bad for you? You can have some carbs, but only the good carbs even if you don’t know what the good carbs are but still expected to keep them really low because if you don’t you will become “Fat”.
Food isn’t good. Nor is food bad. Food is composed of the emotional attachment that you place upon it and the choices you make based upon those emotions. Just like eating certain foods over another doesn’t make you a “bad” or “good” person. If you are trying to make your way through all of the confusion and overload of information that is out there: Follow these three simple steps to help you find a lifestyle that is sustainable.
- Make informed decisions about your dietary choices based upon TRIAL and ERROR. You will never know if something works for you unless you give it a try. Go through the process, figure out what works best for you and your current situation and go for it. Don’t take anything for face value, the best way to learn is through experience.
- Avoid trying to eliminate large categories which place huge limits upon your nutritional options. If I was to say, “Don’t think of a pink giraffe, what is the first thing that you are going to think of? A pink giraffe. The same concept can be used when figuring out a lifestyle that works for you. According to the hypothetical plan being implemented: if you are considered successful by completely eliminating a whole Macronutrient or Food group in order to reach your goals then you are most likely taking a road that is going to cause much more stress to you mentally than if taking a more realistic approach to your nutrition.
- Do what works best for YOU! Each and every single person is going to have different needs than the next person. A client of the same age, height, weight, fitness level and experience could have the same exact diet and could have different needs than each other. Each individual is unique in what they need/prefer in order to stay the course. Try your best to focus on your path, your journey, and ultimately your life 💪🏽