Many of the most common questions we relate to nutrition. Sometimes they are questions relating to what protein options are best, what you should eat for breakfast, or whether or not you can have alcohol and still lose weight. Really, all of these questions are asking the same thing - what is the best diet for me?
In this post, we'll cover the important things to consider when choosing a diet, and how to implement those changes in your own daily nutrition.
There are three things you need to consider when you're choosing the best diet for you:
Let's break it down.
There are so many different diets - but not all of them support the same goals. For example, the ketogenic diet (or Keto) is a much better diet for weight loss than it is for athletic performance. Here are three different diets and what they are best suited to accomplish:
You lose or gain weight based on how MUCH food you eat. Technically, even if you ate cookies, pizza, and fries all day, if you managed to stay under the amount of calories you burned throughout the day, you would still lose weight.
However, there is more to your health than simply your weight loss. The quality of your food will impact your energy levels, visceral fat level, and will keep you free from disease. Therefore, you need to consider what quality of food is encouraged on each diet.
Your diet should be promoting whole food sources - not filling your day with a bunch of supplements and frozen meals from their brand. Keep this line in mind when you consider what to eat on a daily basis:
Eat real food - meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, fruit, and limit the amount of added sugar in your diet. Focus on consuming plenty of plants and protein.
If you can keep that the focus, you'll be way ahead of the game.
Working Against Gravity, one of the most successful macro coaching companies around, commonly says the best diet is the one you can consistently follow. Consistency is the most important variable of your diet. If you cannot be consistent on a diet, it will never work.
Maybe you're great at following macros for three days out of the week...then Thursday happy hour happens and you're done for the rest of the week. Guess what? You need to either commit to counting, or find a more sustainable diet plan for yourself.
You'll never know if a diet works for you if your mindset is half in, half out. Actually try your best to follow the diet, and let your coach support you along the way. You'll be shocked by the results a little commitment and consistency brings.