Which diet is right for you.

· February 27, 2017 · 3 minutes to read

The south beach diet, paleo diet, 5:2 diet, low carb diet, atkins diet, ketogenic diet. Plus the cabbage soup diet, baby food diet, lemon water diet, lean in 25 diet, Mediterranean diet, raw foods diet. The list goes on and on and on. But which one is the right one for you? How do you know what is the right food to eat? How much do you need to eat and when do you need to eat it?.

Finding the right diet for you

I’m going to relate this blog to a lot of my real clients and both them and I follow an eating plan. For my clients it all starts with keeping a food diary. By keeping an accurate and honest food diary it means that you know exactly where you’re starting from in terms of what you’re eating and how much of it. The main reasons for me analysing a food diary is A, see what food you’re eating. B, work out how much of your diet is carbs, protein and fats. C, to ascertain what your eating habits and patterns are.

By knowing A,B and C I can then develop a picture of what diet will suit you time wise and habit wise. Combined with a full lifestyle analysis. I will be able to give you time windows for when and what food to prep in advance what you can cook fresh.

Now, the issue comes for my clients with all the conflicting information available on the TV and over the internet and in books. One source will say this diet is best, another site/TV show will say the same method doesn’t work as well. One newspaper will say butter and fats are bad. Another article and published bit research may actually say that butter and saturated fat isn’t bad at all. Plus is actually essential for health. Confusing at hell right? So how do you know what to do?

The first steps

  1. Keep a daily food and activity diary huge benefits of this that show you how much you’re eating, when you’re eating it. Plus with tracking activity this is things like, commuting to and from work, time at work, school runs, gym time. Time out running, sleeping, time in front of the TV and things like that. This will then show you when you have time to dedicate to food and setting up your new eating routine.
  2. Write down foods that absolutely cannot stand to eat along with any food allergies that you know you have. The reason for this is that you will not include them in your new food set up.
  3. Do your research! You cannot underestimate the power of knowledge. Fully understanding ‘the diet’ you’re about to start will give you all the detail about whats required for it to work. This takes time but in the long run it means that you will succeed in a plan that fits your lifestyle. Rather than starting something with only half the information and failing. DO THE BOOK WORK! its worth it!

The next steps

  1. Decide which of ‘the diets’ you’re going to follow. This decision has to be based on what you feel your lifestyle will allow you to complete successfully.
  2. Create a food shopping list to match the new food set up. The bonus of doing this is that it can keep your spending habits in check plus you avoid temptation of the things that aren’t on the list.
  3. Enjoy your food. I cannot tell you how important this is. The worst thing you can do is be stressing about your food. If you need to bring out the scales to prepare your meals then you’re going too far. If you’re prepping for a bodybuilding or physique contest then your situation is a little different. But as a general rule I don’t like my clients weighing their food out.
  4. Spice and flavour your food. Using spices and sauces isn’t going to impact your weight or fat loss. There is no need at all to have bland boring food just because you’re following an eating plan.
  5. Give it time. Probably the most important aspect of taking on a new routine. Give it time to work and trust the process.

K.I.S.S

Keep it short and simple. Food doesn’t need to be complicated for you. Here is a basic rule, if you’re going to do less then eat less. If you’re going to do more then eat more. A great rule to follow particularly if you’re inconsistent with your exercise. The key here is the choice of what you eat.

Keeping it simple, eat from the land. If you know that what you’re eating has been grown, picked, lived a high welfare life on a good free range farm or come from the sea. Then eat it, simples. When it comes to things like oils and fats. My preference is to lean towards coconut or rice bran oil for cooking with because of of the lower smoke point. Olive oil I use for dressing and flavour. Butter wise I use the kerrygold brand because it comes from free range grass fed cows. The difference in quality is amazing, both in flavour and texture.

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