The Perfect Diet or… The Perfect Approach?

Here’s a thought…if you asked random people in the street what their definition of a perfect diet is…   …what do you think they’d reply with?   …Paleo, Mediterranean-Style, Low Carb, Low Glycaemic Index, Low Fat, High Fat, High Protein, Vegetarian, Vegan, Intermittent fasting…the list could probably go on for several pages.   …but most likely you’ll get a lot of different answers…confused yet?     You see, the problem actually lies with the question…   It’s not Personalised: Who is this diet for? We all have different tastes, medical concerns, even experiences or emotional attachments with food that shape how we eat and what we choose. One size cannot fit all.   It lacks a Purpose: What is this diet change needed for? Body Composition (fat loss, lean muscle gain, weight stability?), treating a medical concern, sports performance etc.   It has no Timeframe: Diets almost always change over time according to goals (e.g get in better shape for their holiday).   So with those thing in mind, let’s ask a much better question…is there a perfect approach to YOUR diet?   The truth is, it sounds crazy but with enough support anyone can change their diet for the short term (YES anyone!) without making a single lifestyle modification. It’s the entire principle the dieting industry is based upon.   You eat this combination of foods, you take these supplements, you do these exercises and your body/nutrition problem is resolved.   How many times have you heard someone did that and were back to square one in no time?   Probably plenty of times.   Why?   Because short-term, dietary or even physical activity changes, don’t always lead to permanent changes in the long term, without the lifestyle changes that make them possible.     So what do you really need to think about?   Let’s imagine your main goal is to lose some body fat. If you’ve tried every diet going and nothing has worked, instead of looking at the next quick fix, take a look at the evidence for the long term, permanent weight loss.   What do people […]

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