There are a thousand different nutrition protocols out there and all they seem to do is confuse people over and over again. Eat low carb, eat low fat, paleo, vegetarianism, the list goes on and on.
So which one is the best?
The best diet is the one that you will actually stick to!
You were probably hoping I was going to tell you exactly what, when, and how to eat then taa daa, you look like Jessica Biel. I wish I could...I would be that best nutrition coach in the world!
The reason that most diets do not work for most people is simple because people do not adhere to the program for the long haul (life). Yes someone may be able to follow a program for one, two, three, maybe even six months, but the majority of people will fall back into their old habits.
Now I must say this, I am talking about weight loss and not health. Eating for weight loss and eating for health can take two entirely different roads and for the sake of this post I am referring to weight loss and not necessarily health.
Prescribing a one size fits all diet to every single individual is flawed for so many reasons. One, everyone is different (duh?) and has a different physiological response to food. This means the Joe across the street will respond differently to white rice than Mary at work. Therefore telling everyone to include white rice into their diet will simply not work for each individual.
Telling an elite athlete to follow a the paleo diet will probably not work. Telling everybody on earth to follow a vegan diet might end up in a riot. Everyone is different and so should their nutrition programs.
What is even more important is that in order to lose weight you need to stick to a plan. You need to set a long term goal and break that goal into small baby steps. If the diet plan that you are given is 100% not going to fit within your lifestyle then you will fail.
Now this is not an excuse so you can say "oh well that diet just wasn't right for me". Losing weight can be difficult and it does take commitment, but it does not have to be a shitty life draining process that turns you into a miserable grump.
Here is an example and a diet that would absolutely work to lose weight and get lean. Eat 3 meals per day. Each meal is a large spinach salad with 2 cups of veggies, 1 can of tuna, and 1 tablespoons of olive oil. With your dinner add a 6-10 oz free-range steak and a baked yam. Finally, eat 2-4 servings of berries per day.
If you follow that you will certainly have results. Here is the problem. Who can really eat 3 salads, tuna, steak (ok steak everyday sounds alright!), and the same fruit every single day. Sure some people can and do follow a diet similar to this, but the majority of people cannot.
Most people need flexibility, they need to be able to eat socially, and need dessert every once and while. Yes you can have dessert and lose weight!
So what do you need to do?
First, to lose weight you need to eat a calorie deficit. So even if you are eating only spinach salads if you are eating 15,000 calories per day of spinach (wow imagine that) you will get fat. If you are gaining weight then you need to eat less.
Second, find healthy foods that you can actually eat of a regular basis. This doesn't mean you have to eat chicken breast and steamed broccoli with every meal, it just means you have a much easier time losing fat if you stop eating a Big Mac for lunch everyday. Include a variety of foods. This will make adherence much much easier.
Third, try different methods. Want to try eating a lower carb diet? Go for it! Maybe it will work great for you and maybe you will really enjoy it. If it doesn't and you feel like walking off a cliff then maybe try something different.
Fourth, make adjustments. Say you have found that a plant based diet works best for you...great! But you are not losing weight. Try reducing your total daily calories by 250. If you are still not losing weight try reducing by another 250. Still nothing? Increase your total weekly exercise volume. You may need to make adjustments over a 2-3 month period until you finally find what works for you.
You will absolutely have the greatest success when you find a "diet" that you can adhere to over the long haul. Losing weight does not have to be a gruelling process but it does take effort on your part.
As a nutrition coach I am just that...a coach. Nutrition plans always need to be tweaked, changed, or sometimes flipped on their heads in order for individuals to have success. The only thing consistent about nutrition is that it is different for everyone.
So find something that works for you and stick to it!
Live Your Best Life!
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