These days we hear so many different opinions about what we should and shouldn’t eat, “Don’t eat Gluten, don’t eat Dairy, don’t eat processed foods…” blah, blah, blah.
You’ve got to face it we live in a world where we are all influenced by others; whether this is a celebrity, a fitness figure, or friends on social media. We read about what they’re eating and how they’ve “never felt better” and if they look good then it’s only natural to think that if it works for them then it must work for me too, right?
However this simply isn’t the case. When it comes to YOUR diet it needs to be adapted to your own body and goals and be just as individual as you are!! Of course you can opt for healthy options and this generally will help you to be fit and healthy, but overall everyone is different and not one diet fits all. This is especially true when you have a specific goal in mind such as fat loss or muscle gain. Our bodies are much more complicated than you may think, and certainly than people will let you believe.
For instance, we have different energy systems within our body which are highly influenced by the foods we consume. There are different categories of nutrients that our bodies require for optimum health: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fat, Fibre, Vitamins / Minerals and finally water- each having a very different role within our bodies. Add into that, the fact we all have very different lifestyles, activity levels, training methods and goals then in order to get the results we are looking for we really do need a diet constructed to meet our own body’s physical demands, and not some general cookie-cutter diet.
On top of that you may even have health concerns and have been told that Nutritional Therapy can help alongside any treatment you may be having. This is relevant for someone who may have Diabetes and needs to have as much control as they can with their insulin levels and by eating certain nutrients at certain times of the day is a big factor for their condition. In addition, some people may not be able to eat Gluten, Dairy or Processed foods but there is a reason behind that which again may be linked to a condition someone may have.
The point I’m trying to get across here is to not just follow the crowd when it comes to diets. There are so many diets marketed today such as the Atkins diet, Low Carb, Low Fat, Keto diet, Paleo and so many more but unless you know the principles of these diets and how they are manipulating your body then I strongly recommend you research in depth before you jump straight in and make big changes which could have negative effects and even cause health problems. Even if you pick the right one, knowing how long to stay on the diet before you make a change can also be really important. For instance, a classic side effect of a low carb diet is that you may get really moody and over-emotional. Add into that your hormone balance can change and this can then lead to a slowing down of your metabolic rate. Just want you don’t want!!
Many people struggle with diets and often times it’s because the diet they’ve picked is simply not the best one for them personally. The particular side effects may make it too miserable to continue. Then when people quit they feel bad, because they couldn’t keep it up. That’s terrible because the truth may simply be that the diet plan they were on was really bad for them and they would have succeeded with an alternative diet.
Anyway, keep your eyes peeled because I’ll be writing in detail about the different diets out there over the next few blog pieces. And if you’re really keen, then don’t hesitate to come and have a chat to me. I’d love to talk to you.
All the best,