Paleo, vegan, intermittent fasting … what’s the best diet?
I am asked this question more than anything else. Do I endorse paleo, vegan, low carb, intermittent fasting, or whatever other diet is on trend?
I don’t actually believe there’s a single, absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for every person to follow, always, and forever. Everyone is different when it comes to body type, age, budget, dietary preferences, traditions, knowledge, experience and time pressures. The best diet is the DIET THAT WORKS FOR YOU RIGHT NOW IN YOUR LIFE. The key to any ‘diet’ is sustainability. Ask yourself, “can I easily adhere to this way of eating 90% of the time?”
Physiologically, the human body can thrive under all sorts of different nutritional conditions. This is demonstrated by observing the traditional diets of various tribes and ethnic groups throughout the world. This goes to show that it is possible to be healthy and fit whether you eat mostly meat or mostly veggies, mostly fat or mostly carbs, many times a day or just a few times, and so on.
Typically, all these diet options all accomplish the same things:
They raise nutrition awareness and attention
I know, everyone wants to talk about the food itself — the proteins, carbs, and fats. Research is now showing that simply paying better attention to what you eat is a key factor in whether you’ll lose fat, get lean, and improve your health.
They focus on food quality
Very few diets recommend you eat more processed, chemical-laden “junk” food (thank goodness). Instead, nearly every diet recommends eating whole, minimally processed, nutrient-rich foods and that may be one of the most important nutrition interventions of all, regardless of the protein, carb, and fat breakdowns.
They help eliminate nutrient deficiencies
In keeping with the last point, the best nutritional advocates help us shift away from highly processed foods, which are often low in nutrients, and focus on more whole, natural foods which often have their nutrients intact. Often because the transformation is so dramatic, that’s when we can become diet obsessed.
They help control appetite and food intake
When we’re more aware of what we’re eating, we choose more satisfying, higher quality foods, and eliminate nutrient deficiencies. We almost always end up eating less total food. We feel more satisfied. We lose fat, gain lean muscle, and perform better. Note that you don’t need calorie counting here, nor does Bridalicious Bootcamp endorse it. Focusing on food awareness and food quality is usually enough for people to tune into their own hunger and appetite.
They promote regular exercise
When people start paying attention to their eating, they usually start thinking about physical activity too. In fact, many of the diet camps recommend regular exercise.
So, the best diet to follow actually is the one that can become a sustainable way of life for YOU.
With many dietary approaches, fresh knowledge and personal experience under your belt, choose the NUTRITION PLAN which will work BEST for you NOW and long into your marriage.
Make a decision with your new husband about what nutrition approach you will embrace as a couple. If you can’t decide which one you both may like, try different meal plans and see if you can agree on one!