The Diet You Need to Try

Keto, juice cleanses, Detoxes, Atkins, Zone, Vegetarian, Vegan, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Raw Food diet, DASH, Mediterranean, Flexitarian, Blood type dieting… and the list goes on and on.

Thousands of diets and buzz words flood social media and the internet today, it’s difficult to know what is right versus wrong, who you can trust, or what is best for you, your body, and your wellness goals.

In this blog, I am going to share with you the best diet that you can choose to accomplish your health and wellness goals, and help clear the air to get you out of the habit of yo-yo dieting (switching from one diet to the next).

First let’s discuss what a diet is.

The word diet is commonly associated with the fads and ‘buzz words’ at the beginning of this blog. When someone asks you which diet you’re currently on, they expect to receive a response like Keto or DASH, not a long list of foods you enjoy and eat daily.

But the term diet goes a lot further than these ‘buzz words’.

So, what is a diet?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary a diet is ‘food or drink regularly provided or consumed; or habitual nourishment‘.

So let’s break this down.

Regularly provided or consumed’– I eat eggs and drink coffee daily, so this is apart of my personal diet. If someone eats McDonalds three times a week, that is a part of their diet.

The definition of Nourishment is ‘the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition‘- I consume lean protein and vegetables for the purpose of growth and health for nourishment.

‘Habitual’– done or doing something consistently.

So, if you regularly consume food, you in fact have a diet. If you regularly consume food for nourishment you have healthy dieting practices.

Now that we have determined what a diet is, let’s look past the word diet being attached to these ‘buzz words’ and fad diets. Let’s instead recognize that everyone consumes a diet and it is personal to them. And coaches and trainers, let’s stop giving the word diet a negative connotation, and work to help clients build a healthy and overall positive relationship with food.

So here it is, the diet you really need to try, is the one that has these 4 characteristics….

  1. Fuels & nourishes your body
    • You had to know this would be the first word…
    • Food is meant to fuel your body for physical activity and daily performance. If your diet is causing you to crash at 3pm, try to eat more minimally processed veggies, fats, protein, and carbs during your early meals or as snacks throughout the day.
    • Instead of eliminating foods from your diet, focus on adding essential nutrients that support a healthy immune system, whole grains, vitamins and minerals, fiber and water.
    • Keep in mind food is so much more than fuel too. Micronutrients don’t provide fuel necessarily, but they do support muscle and nerve function, control blood pressure, nervous system, balance hormones and so much more!
  2. You enjoy!
    • Food is meant to be enjoyed. It affects your mood, sleep, and attentiveness, which can have an impact on your entire day.
    • Find ways to fit the foods you enjoy on into your diet in a mindful way by controlling portion sizes.
    • Healthy emotional eating practices can help prevent late night over indulging and binge eating, which in return can help you achieve your fitness goals easier.
  3. Is long-term
    • Create practices you can stick to for the rest of your life. You can’t just wake up one day and decide to begin a more intuitive diet, it’ll take time and habits.
    • Short term solutions are just that. If you’re looking for life-long health, search for life-long practices.
    • Your health and wellness goals are not sprints, they are a marathon and take time.
  4. Educates you
    • Challenge yourself to learn about nutrition. I’m not saying you have to go get a nutrition coaching certification or go back to college, but it’s helpful to know how to read a nutrition label, what calories really are, and the difference between net carbs and carbs.
    • Your body is so neat and unique. It provides you with feedback and cues, it could be sensitive to certain foods, performs better with specific eating habits.
    • It’s important during a wellness journey to not only learn about nutrition, but learn more about your body and it’s needs and preferences, because it won’t be the same as your friend’s.

If you clicked on this blog expecting a clear definitive answer, I am sorry to disappoint.

Now, I am not saying that the list of diets at the top of this page are ‘bad’. If a particular eating practice (‘diet’) works for you by meeting the 4 points¬† laid out above, then that is great for you! There is no one size fits all diet.

But if you have tried many of these fad diets and feel like nothing is working, it’s probably time to step back, hire a professional and truly find what will work for you. Because life is too short to be stressed about dieting and living the healthy life you dream of.

you are still searching for a diet that holds these 4 characteristics (fuels and nourished, enjoyment, long-term, and educates you), let’s chat!¬†

 

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  1. Hitting 150 minutes a week of physical activity consistency through the holidays with a training program that doesn’t feel like a chore
  2. Creating healthy habits in a sustainable way without restricting foods, but instead adding nutrients and education
  3. Create a motivating community for growth and encouragement. Because you shouldn’t have to work toward your goals alone, it takes a community.

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Coach Court (Courtney Therrien)

Fueled to Perform, LLC CEO