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The Best Diet

We’re getting right down to business this week! Let’s talk about the best diet out there. THE BEST ONE. There is one diet plan out there that is superior to all others. Before we reveal the winner, let’s take a look at some of the most popular diet plans out there (just to name a few):

  • Paleo – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. No dairy, grains, legumes, refined sugar, or vegetable oils.
  • Veganno meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or any foods containing them.
  • Pescatarian – no meat, eggs, dairy products, but can eat fish and seafood.
  • Vegetarianno meat.
  • Macroseating a prescribed amount of calories, with to the goal to eat a specific amount of protein, fat, and carbs.
  • Calorie Counting only following a prescribed amount of calories.
  • Atkins carbohydrate restrictive diet.
  • Ketoanother low carb diet that emphasizes the production of ketones in the liver to be used for energy through the consumption of protein and fat.
  • Zone structuring 5 meals a day with the use of “blocks” with the focus on low glycemic index carbohydrates and low fat proteins in a specific ratio.
  • Clean Eating – eating whole foods or “real” foods that are minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.
  • Whole 30 – eliminating anything with added sugar and sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods. 

Kind of confusing, right? There are SO many different schools of thought with so many different rules, it’s hard to sort through to find which one is the best. But, there is one that is the BEST.

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So, let’s cut right to the chase:

 

The best diet plan out there is the one that works best for your lifestyle that you can enjoy, sustain, and see progress with.

 

Womp, wommp, wommmmp. I know. I can feel your disappointment. Everyone wants there to be a clear cut answer, but unfortunately it’s never that easy.

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All of those plans above, and plans not listed, have their advantages and disadvantages. Generally speaking, not one of them is necessarily better than the other. It’s all about what’s best for YOU. So, you need to consider a couple of things when trying to decide which plan is best for you. Do you love animals so much that you would feel compelled to change how you eat? Awesome, then follow a plan that is animal friendly. Do you have a diagnosed medical condition that would cause you to stay away from gluten or another group of foods? There are many options out there for that. Do you have a specific weight or performance related goal? Great! We can narrow down some options from that.

 

From there, you need to evaluate your current lifestyle. Do you enjoy eating out, or do you currently have a job that takes you out to lunches/dinners or has you eating catered meals often? Or do you usually stay home and cook your own meals? Are you caught in the car being a taxi for your kids going from place to place all day long? Do you have a few hours each week to prepare food ahead of time? (speaking for a friend) Would you rather lay on a sword than have to give up chocolate chip cookies? Thinking about your daily habits and what might help you be successful is crucial.

 

Aside from beliefs, most people turn to a diet plan because they have the desire to be healthier or to lose weight. How bad do you want it? Are you willing to eliminate things that you enjoy from your diet in order to see success? Now, can you sustain that? Going on an elimination diet is only effective if you are able to maintain your weight loss whenever you reach your goal. If not, you will be right back where you started plus some. Unfortunately we see this often, and have experienced this vicious cycle ourselves.

 

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The goal is to stop that cycle so we can enjoy our success over an extended period of time. So start by thinking about your beliefs, your current health and any issues you may have, then evaluate your lifestyle to determine which one you can sustain. And voila! You should be able to narrow down the best option for you!

 

If you need some help getting started, you know where to find us!!

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