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The You Diet

When it comes to the world of health & fitness there aren’t many subjects that are surrounded by as much debate and confusion as the subject of nutrition & diet. There are so many differing opinions and options, that many people become paralysed by information and often end up taking no action for fear of doing something wrong.

This isn’t a blog where I am going to tell you exactly what you need to do or what the secret new diet is; the truth is, there is no secret! Plus it is impossible for anyone to tell you the exact right thing for you without knowing more about you. What I am going to share is some basic guidelines that will help most people and some things for you to consider when analysing other people’s diets and making nutritional choices for yourself.

There is no ‘One Size Fits All’ Diet.

One of the first things to address is the fact that there are so many ‘diets’ out there. This is often confusing for people as they are unsure which one they should try and this is one of the biggest indicators that everyone has slightly or sometimes vastly different nutritional needs. It would be my guess that all the ‘diets’ in the world have worked for at least one person at some point or another, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to market it. Well if everyone’s needs were the same how can people on a diet such as the Atkins, high in fat and protein, seemingly be as healthy as people on a vegetarian diet, which is very high in carbohydrates? Until you find out what your particular nutritional requirements are, picking out a ‘ready made diet’ is like finding a needle in haystack. This is why people often become disappointed after trying a diet that worked really well for a friend only to find it has no effect on them at all. Or worse even makes them unwell.

Think about YOUR nutritional requirements.

So how do you find out your nutritional requirements? Well one of the most effective ways will be to find out what your metabolic type is, helping you discover which foods will have what effect on you. Discovering your metabolic type can be done through working with a metabolic typing advisor, a health and fitness professional, a nutritionist or through the metabolic typing website. The simplest and cheapest approach however, is to simply listen to your body. Your body will tell you whether it likes or dislikes most foods; however most of us have lost the ability to listen. If you commonly have an uncomfortable feeling when you eat bread for instance, then this is probably your body telling you that it doesn’t want any more bread.

If you’re one of the many people who are confused when it comes to making nutritional choices then the best place to start is with the basics outlined below;

  • Eat plenty of Meat, Poultry, Fish and Vegetables
  • Eat Dairy and Fruit but don’t overindulge in them
  • Limit Grains and Wheat
  • Avoid processed foods and sugars as much as possible
  • Eat food of the highest quality as often as you can

Once you have started to follow these basic guidelines, then it’s time to start listening to your body. If you do great on all meats except when you eat pork for example, then focus on the other meats and either limit or eliminate pork for 8 weeks, before re-evaluating your bodies’ reaction to it. The same can be applied for all the other food groups.

Being Healthy is a LIFESTYLE choice.

The last thought I’d like to leave you with is that you are looking to find a diet that suits your needs, is sustainable and adaptable to change. You are never the exact same person day to day and nor should your diet be. Plus who wants to be in shape and healthy for just 6 weeks? Being healthy is a lifestyle choice and not something that can come with a radical diet plan. Anytime you take an extreme approach to dieting, you are just encouraging your body to initiate the stress response, which will only help if you are being chased by a lion or making one last effort to hunt down a zebra before you starve to death.

Follow the basics, listen to your body and don’t just assume because a diet plan worked for your neighbour that it’s going to work for you.

Live Healthy,
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