What is the best diet?
So. Many. Times.
I get asked this question…
The answer of course is “The one you can stick with, and that provides progress towards your goal…” (After all a diet of pizza and ice cream would be fairly easy to stick to!)
But if you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ll probably know that I’m not in any one diet camp. I’ve tried many a diet: low carb, Paleo, high-fat, intermittent fasting, carb cycling… I’ve recommended many a ‘diet’ (but not ever weight watchers or very low calorie diets)
I don’t think there is one ‘universal’ diet to suit all man. Because if you look at the traditional diets across various tribes and ethnic groups throughout the world you’ll notice that diets vary widely: the Arctic Inuit and African Masai eat traditional diets that are very high in fat and animal products with very few vegetables. The Kitavans in the South Pacific eat traditional diets that are low in fat but very high in vegetables and starchy carbs. And the Tokelau near New Zealand eat traditional diets that are very high in saturated fats. So, there can’t be one diet to rule them all.
So what you need to do, is find the best ‘diet’ to suit your needs and lifestyle that helps you to progress to your goal…
Not really. Because although finding the diet is easy, assuming you’re equipped with the right knowledge, the ‘hard’ bit is sticking to it.
Key Principles of Nutrition for Weight loss
Before going any further, I want to share a list of principles to help you navigate your way around the plethora of conflicting messages surrounding weight-loss and diet. Chances are you have dieted before, with various degrees of success. Chances are you have theories or ideas about what works or doesn’t work for you. Chances are you have ideas of what is healthy and what isn’t.
1. There is a difference between “Health advice” and “Marketing”.
2. Food quality matters as much as quantity.
3. Banish low-fat / low calorie food.
4. Eat fats.
5. Make sure you’re eating enough.
In our nutrition course we cover this in much more detail, so that we fully understand these principles.
Let me know if I can help you with this….