Dieting…we all know is a billion dollar industry. A huge money machine that focuses in on the insecurities of people and how they feel about themselves and their bodies. With so many myths about nutrition and diets, how can we possibly navigate through it all and not get confused? Let me share some diet myths out there right now. Some of these you may already know and some of them you may not. Here we go…
Low Fat/ No fat diets are good for you. Fats are needed for energy, tissue repair, and the transport of vitamins/minerals. Lower your saturated fat intake, and stick to the good stuff.
It’s better to eat several small meals. What matters most is the total amount of calories consumed in a day, not how or when you eat them.
You can out exercise a bad diet. Sorry but if you are not eating a balanced and healthy diet, you will not see the results you want from exercise alone.
You can only eat certain foods. Limiting yourself to chicken, broccoli, and rice is not only boring, but lacks the full range of nutrients your body needs. This type of diet may not be sustainable for your lifestyle.
All Calories are create equal. Not all calories are created equal, because different foods and macronutrients go through different metabolic pathways. They have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.
The list of course goes on and on when it comes to some of the diet myths out there. The “rules” changing so much and so often that it is hard to keep up as to what is healthy and what isn’t anymore. This leads me to my next point…What then is the best diet?
The best diet is the one that works best for you, for your life, and for your body. This of course isn’t much help when it comes to trying to figure out what will work, and not surprisingly there is no one best diet that works for everyone and here are some reasons why….
- Different body types
- Different genders
- Food aversions and preferences
- Time constraints
- Nutrition Knowledge
- Cooking “know how”
- Budget constraints
Every single one of these will factor into what nutrition plan will work for you for the long term. No short term fixes here, because if you don’t see yourself being able to continue a diet forever, then its time to find a new plan. So what will work? There unfortunately is no simple answer here (Believe me I wish there was). However in general what works is eating whole foods, plenty of protein and veggies most of the time. Eating less nutrient dense foods some of the time. Staying in a healthy calorie deficit, being consistent, and making your health and wellness a priority.