It’s no secret that we don’t like fads or gimmicks when it comes to nutrition or fitness. We want you to do what will work for you in the long-term. We advise you to stop looking at what your friend did, what “they” say you should do, or the latest fad diet for a simple answer to a complex question.
“What should I eat?” When a generic answer is given to you without the following questions, then that answer may not work for you.
- What are your nutrition, health, fitness, etc. goals?
- What is your typical daily routine? Weekend routine?
- What are your health, weight, and medical history?
- What medications or supplements do you take and for what reason?
- Do you have any food allergies or intolerances?
- How often do you eat out? Go to the grocery store? Prepare meals?
And those are just the tip of the iceberg of answering, “what you should eat.” There is not 1 diet, program or eating style that works for everyone. Especially if it doesn’t fit what you need.
So now what? Could a “diet” work for you? Ask yourself, “Can I live this way for the long-term to keep my results?” If the answer is no, then please do not start the diet. If the answer is yes, make sure that you do your research and if food groups are eliminated or foods are excluded you get those nutrients from another food source or supplement. This will avoid any nutrient deficiency.
There are some good pieces from diets… 1. Increased fruits and veggies, 2. a focus on heart healthy fats, 3. less processed foods, etc). Adopt the changes that worked for you but leave the deprivation and restriction behind. They aren’t worth it.
Make nutrition and fitness work for your life, your schedule, your preferences, and your goals.