Nutrition… what to eat, how to eat and why to eat this or that… always seems to be changing. Well, it seems to be changing because it is. Nutritional science is a living science we are continually researching and evolving with.
The most common question I get asked is what type of diet works best. That all depends on your body, lifestyle and what’s happening in your life.
There is no one diet that will work for everyone. I find that my diet needs adjustments at different times in my life. What I have found to be true for most people is that our bodies function best with real whole foods. In general, a whole foods, organic, fresh diet serves us best.
I’ve decided to breakdown the basics of a few of the most popular diets.
The idea is to eat like our ancestors because they didn’t struggle with the long list of diseases and obesity we see today, a main reason was their diet. The paleo diet consists of whole foods and bans processed and sugary foods. Following a paleo diet means eating grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, eggs, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats like oils. They don’t eat dairy, grains, legumes, or anything processed.
The Keto Diet promotes fat loss by forcing the body to break down fat as needed for fuel in place of carbohydrates and it claims by doing this the body does not have to secrete insulin to control blood levels, sugar levels stay at a normal level and do not jump. The Keto Diet consists of 80 percent fat and little to no carbohydrates. Following the Keto Diet means eating fish, meat, eggs, dairy, oils, and green vegetables. Foods that are strictly prohibited are pasta, rice, grains, potatoes, and fruits.
Vegetarians do not to eat meat or fish. Some people adopt this diet for ethical reasons, while others do so for health reasons. The vegetarian diet is a vegetable-heavy diet; mainly fresh, organic, whole produce, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, and some include animal by-products like cheese, butter and yogurt. Because cutting out meats decreases your protein intake, daily protein needs on a vegetarian diet are made by consuming foods like lentils, beans, and even broccoli! I also like to supplement with Vitamin B12.
Although there is no one perfect diet for everybody, everyone can benefit from a real whole foods, fresh, organic diet. In general, specifics will vary from person to person based on their current lifestyle, needs, environment and many other factors.
Keep in mind these are only a few of over 150 diets that I’ve studied as a Transformational Nutrition Coach. There is no one size fits all diet plan. It’s important to adapt areas of different diets and personalize a plan to fit your body and lifestyle needs.
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