There are so many diets around these days – low-carb/high protein, low-carb/high fat, and any other combination of macronutrients you can think of.
Many of these diets have perceived benefits, while many others try to make losing weight, or achieving a “gym body”, look effortless. Yes, it would be a dream to be able to eat a certain way and magically appear glowing, muscular, and overall fit. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Here is something to consider about fad diets:
Many of these too-good-to-be-true diets are not sustainable. They do make you feel good for as long as you are on the diet. Perhaps they even help you lose some weight. They may also help you sleep better. However, over the long term, most of these diets won’t help you live your best life.
- Relationship with Food
There are lots of questions you should ask yourself when you are considering any kind of diet. These questions include: do you like what you’re eating? Can you see yourself doing it for a long time? Is it going to restrict you from foods that you love?
Think carefully about these questions. If a diet is telling you to cut cheese out of your diet and you have a cheese drawer in your fridge, you may want to think again. Cutting out foods you love is only going to create a bad relationship with that food in the future.
The bottom line is that any diet you try is going to put you in a calorie deficit. This means fewer nutrients and fewer sources of energy for your body to function properly.
There is, unfortunately, no one diet that is the miraculous cure-all for everyone. We are all different and we ALL have to figure out what works BEST for us.
I honestly don’t know what the answer is – all the nutritional sciences degrees in the world couldn’t help me find it, but what I do know is this:
You should love what you eat! Your life is more than just a diet, so why do we spend so much time starving ourselves?