Friday, August 18, 2017

What "diet" are you on?

What diet are you on? Seems like a legit question these days with so many people wanting to lose weight or change their body composition goals. Every day you hear of a new diet that just came out on your Facebook news feed. The truth is this, you need to choose a nutritional program that YOU can follow and remain consistent with.
Invest LESS in these:
-Fad Diet
-Quick fix
-Extreme methods
-Strict food selections
-Program hopping
Invest MORE in these:
-Health Habits
-Eating healthy /whole foods
-Managing stress
-Focusing on the process
-Exercise daily
However if you want some information about the different diets that are out there, I want to give you the most education for you to make a good decision for your own life!
-The paleo diet is a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by our ancestors. This would include primarily meat, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Dairy, grains and processed foods do not have a place in this dietary protocol.
-Paleo was a diet to help cure auto-immune diseases, regulate blood sugar, and reduce inflammatory markers in the body. In these arenas, it had, and continues to have great success.
-One issue with Paleo is that food quantity is not addressed. It is more about sticking within the food guidelines and not so much counting or measuring. This can get very difficult when trying to increase performance or change body composition!
Keto Diet
-A ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carb diet that leaves your body in a state of ketosis where the liver produces ketone bodies to be used as energy.
-The very low carb nature of the diet has shown tremendous benefit in helping to create weight loss, fighting diabetes, and even promote longevity via decreased inflammation.
- An attempt at using a keto diet in exercise using the glycolytic pathway (CrossFit) will leave a client with suboptimal performance, and in the longer term can cause a host of hormonal and metabolic issues.
Macros/ Flexible Diet
-Flexible dieting is built on the principle that what you eat is not nearly as important as how much you eat.
-This method referred to as “if it fits your macros” or “the macros diet,” this method involves figuring out the optimal number of calories and subsequently the correct composition of those calories to provide the individual with the desired physical changes.
-One major flaw is the issue of using processed foods as a primarily source of fuel vs. eating healthy foods that are not processed in nature. The other downside is actually tracking your food intake daily which for some can develop obsessive thoughts.
IF you can see the trend, any diet protocol is about the same thing, calorie control. Whether you are actively counting your food intake or you are eliminating food groups, essentially you are controlling your intake. With that said, choosing your approach will come down to you and your goals. Depending on what you want to accomplish and what you can maintain in your lifestyle, should be the correct approach for you to take!

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