The number one question I get asked from clients and other people is; ‘could you write me up a diet plan?’
My answer is normally no. I’m not being rude, far from it. I go on to ask them if they could first write me out what they eat in a week and I will advise them on things they could change or consider.
I’m not a qualified nutritionist but I do have a little knowledge and experimented on diets and different eating methods and I can only relate to how they made me feel.
I’ve tried intermittent fasting, slow carbo diet, Med diet, to full plant eating diet, which I am currently trying out. Every single one of these diets served a purpose for me but they also had some side effects like headaches, tiredness and bloating.
For me the best I have felt on an eating plan was eating five times a day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner.
But there is research out there saying that you should only eat two to three times a day because it gives your gut a rest and that is the main cure to all health and weight loss problems. Probably next year it will all change again.
The main point here is that there is no one diet that works for everyone and there is definitely no quick fix.
Remember dieting is not a bad thing. I just don’t like using the word because it is perceived as starving yourself, but it could mean completely the opposite for someone.
Take this bit of advice, a healthy lifestyle is never about perfection, it’s always about practice.
Repeating healthy habits in all settings. In other words, your eating plan affects how much or little you train, how much sleep you get, what your stress levels are like and many other factors.
Below are a number of things to consider when choosing the right eating plan for you.
INCLUDE ALL MAIN FOOD GROUPS
Excluding certain food groups increases your chance of malnourishment, if you are cutting out a main food group for whatever reason make sure you are replacing the nutrition you are losing out on, mainly though other foods.
USE FRESH INGREDIENTS
It can be as simple as this. Do a big weekly shop and keep topping up your fresh products. To save money, buy fresh foods that are in season.
LESS PROCESSED FOODS
Eating fresh means you automatically cut out processed foods. But we are so used to eating processed foods we might actually think they are fresh.
There are loads of foods cleverly marketed to make you think they are whole foods when in fact they are full of additives and sweeteners.
HOW DO YOU FEEL?
This is a big one. After eating a meal or certain food type how do you feel? Are you bloated? Feel tired? Signs like these could mean that your body is not processing or accepting some types of foods.
You can also get yourself tested but again your body can always change and adapt, it’s a very powerful thing.
How much and when you eat could come down to how you live your life. Do you work shifts, have you children, do you live on your own, do you like to party?
These are all things that can affect your diet choices.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, DON’T EAT IT
Don’t force yourself to eat the latest craze of food.
If you don’t like it, find something else that is just as good.
DIETING PERFECTLY SUMMED UP
When you eat well, you live well.
When you eat healthy, you are healthy.
When you nourish your body, you nourish your mind.