I am sorry to break it to you, but there is no one single perfect diet that will work for all, nor is there an answer that I can fit in one paragraph. This is exactly what confuses people, as it is in our nature to categorise. However, I repeat, there is no one single diet that will work for all. We are all different and different things will work for different individuals.
Body Shape: Some people are tall and skinny, others are short and strong.
Food: Some people are used to eating large amounts of meat, others are vegans.
Budget: Some people cannot afford expensive food, while for some the money is not an issue.
Origin of food: Some people are not great in the kitchen and will always buy ready meals, while others love to cook and focus on organic food.
Understanding your food: Some people are very conscious of what they are eating and what is good or bad for them, while others are not very well informed.
Time: One of the most important factors, almost always forgotten when advice on diets is given out. Do you have unlimited time and are you ready to give time up for preparing food and training?
Anyway, you got the point. If you ever tried dieting before and you were successful, well done, you should maybe continue with whatever worked for you. You should be proud of yourself for achieving your goal. However, it is wrong to think that the same diet will work for your friend. The human body is capable of reacting well in various situations. This being said, it is possible that you are strong and healthy regardless of your diet, even if you eat fruits and vegetables only occasionally, sometimes, or all the time.
I know what you are thinking: how could all these diets work? If you think about it well, all diets are more or less the same. No matter what the diet of your choice is, paleo, vegetarian or protein based, they ask you to do the following:
1. You will become conscious of what you are eating
We are all talking about what type of food to eat- proteins, carbs and fats. What should you eat more of, and what less of? Research has shown that just being conscious of what you eat is the key factor in losing weight and staying healthier. If you are more conscious of what exactly you are eating, you are more likely to pick the healthier option.
2. All diets promote a good quality of food
Paleo and similar diets will require a low intake of carbohydrates, require that you eat more organic food and animal products which are rich in protein and fats.
Vegan diets and diets with high level of intake of carbohydrates require that you eat more of natural, organic food which is high in antioxidants and fibre.
To sum up, whichever diet you are following, ultimately you should not be eating junk food. All diets rely on less genetically modified food and food that is rich in nutrients.
3. All diets help us get rid of unnecessary snacks throughout the day
As already mentioned, the best diets keep us away from GMOs and various foods that are not nutritious and healthy. So, a good diet is the one that will promote an increase intake of nutritious food (it could be anything from water, vitamins and minerals, protein, etc).
4. Diets help control our appetite and the amount of food we are eating
When we are aware of what we are eating, we pick the food that makes us feel fuller for longer periods. In essence we consume a lot less food than normal. We are more satisfied, we are losing excess fat and we gain on muscle mass. Do not count the calories, but focus on the quality of food and calories will decrease as a consequence.
5. All diets are best partnered with physical activity
Once you have already started a diet, you are more likely to increase your daily exercise. Most nutritionists will advise you to walk more, to walk up the stairs, not to use the lift and to engage in other physical activities. Being physically active is extremely important if you are actually trying to lose weight, simply because your body will use the energy from the food, and not store the excess calories as fat.
To sum up, the best diet is the one that suits your lifestyle and your body. No matter if that is a protein focused or a vegetarian diet, the importance is on the food quality. Always listen to your body, and think about what you are trying to achieve while dieting. Also, remember to take into account your lifestyle and things that surround you that are important for you. Only then you will chose the best option for you. Finally, remember: love the skin you live in, as no matter what size and shape you are, that is the only way for you to feel good and confident about yourself.
Guest Blogger* - Nina Kerkez, Accuity
* The views expressed in the articles by our bloggers are the opinion of the author only and if anyone has any concerns and /or is already taking medication or has a medical condition, should seek their GP or specialists advice first before taking any supplements or trying any new treatments.