By Myprotein Writer
You should eat clean.
You shouldn’t eat any carbs.
You should eat low fat.
You shouldn’t eat high fat.
You should be fasting.
You shouldn’t be paleo
You should be vegan.
You can eat whatever you want.
You shouldn’t eat anything.
This could go on forever, what I’m basically getting at is there is a lot of diets, a lot of opinions and a lot of confusion!
What’s The Best Diet For Me?
When it comes to nutrition or diets people generally have a case of tunnel vision, believing that the way they do it is the only way. Personally, I come under what is known as a ‘flexible dieter’ – however, I don’t believe every single person should be doing this.
As a coach you have to be open minded, you have to look at the bigger picture, not every single person is looking to get absolutely shredded, they may just want to drop a few pounds or feel healthier.
I do believe though that when it comes to picking a diet or suggesting one to somebody, there are some questions that need answering to ensure it’s right for the individual.
What’s The Best Diet For Me? |
#1 Is it Sustainable?
You have to look at each diet and think: “could I do that for 4 weeks, 6 months even as long as a year?”
If the answer is no then I don’t believe that is the diet for you.
This is where in my opinion most people go wrong, they look for a quick fix. Unless these are prescribed by a medical profession, or unless individuals are aware of the effects of fad diets, they shouldn’t be embarked on.
#2 What’s My Budget?
Other factors that will effect choosing your approach to nutrition or ‘diet’ is budget. For instance, if the diet your trying to do is only grass fed or organic produce, can you afford this long term?
It may seem obvious but these are things you have to consider and is this even necessary – it’s important to not put yourself out of pocket because you think this is the only way or someone is telling you it is, make sure you fully understand the diet and find out why this is the only produce you can eat.Ensure to retrieve hard facts that actually prove this works and there is no other option.
#3 Does It Fit My Lifestyle ?
Another factor is your lifestyle does a certain diet fit it, for instance if your someone who eats out a lot, has business dinners or is very social, following a meal plan probably isn’t going to be viable. In this instance, you may find yourself continually either going ‘off track’ or potentially missing out on vital business meetings and important social events.
Can you live without certain food groups, are you happy to be low carb or even ketogenic; or will you find yourself a week in binging on a whole loaf of bread?
These are just only some of the things that should be considered when choosing the right diet for you.
#4 Choosing The Diet Best For YOU
Personally, after going through each of the above points, my body suits ‘Flexible dieting’. I believe it takes away the all or nothing aspect of dieting, this approach gives you a better mindset right from the start which will only get stronger throughout.
Not only this but the amount you will learn about food will go further than you think.
Take Home Message
So in conclusion there are a couple of questions you have to ask yourself before choosing your nutrition approach:
1) Is this sustainable?
2) Can you afford it?
3) Is it realistic?
4) Does it fit your lifestyle?
All in all the best diet is the one you can stick to!