Thursday, September 5, 2013

Another Great Read - which diet is right for you?

The wonderful Momma Gal, a Facebook legend in the fitness/health/clean eating world posted a link to this article the other day.

In a nutshell (although I would highly recommend reading the full article), the article talks about clean eating versus If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) for weight loss and overall health.  The gist is that no one way of eating is right for everyone and that when you get too crazy about any one diet or you fail to understand the science behind weight loss, you won't be successful.

I couldn't agree more! I talk a lot about how there is no one right way to be healthy.  There is no one diet that works for everyone, or one type of exercise that everyone must do.  Health is very individual and approaches to improving health absolutely must be individualized.  This took me a long time to learn - don't waste as much time as I did! I used to think that if someone else lost weight on a given diet, then logically I should too.  I spent little to no time thinking about how that diet would fit MY life or how that diet would work with MY activity levels or MY genetics or MY food preferences, I was just desperate to lose weight.

The more I learned about nutrition and food (and continue to learn) and the more I understood about exercise and training the body, the more evident it became that the body is in a state of constant change.  No two bodies are the same of course, but also our own bodies aren't the same throughout the years.  At times a high protein, low carb diet makes more sense.  Other times, fat should be the focus.  Other times, it's just about portions.  If I've learned anything over the years (and given the amount I read about health, I sure as hell hope I've learned something!) it's that your body needs good quality, whole, less processed foods. Everything else is up for constant change and debate.

While I was training for my half marathon, my body could use and needed more carbs than I normally eat. Now, being back on a weight heavy workout plan, I need tons of protein, less carbs and some fats.  As we get older, we need different things than when we were younger.  In health we need different foods than when we're sick.  It's always changing.

Regardless of how you choose to eat, if you eat healthy, whole, unprocessed foods in reasonable portions 90% of the time, and 10% of the time you eat your favorite indulgences (again with portion control), you'll maintain a healthy weight.  The diet that is right for you is one you can sustain - a way of eating you can enjoy while maintaining a healthy weight, that's the right diet!

What is your current diet like?

What dictates what you'll eat?

Do you count macros or calories or nothing?

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