I want to start of by saying that there is not such thing as a perfect diet.
So what diet is best and how should a person eat?
Here are some guidelines that I have noticed throughout the years.
1. The best nutrition plan is individual to you and to your goals.
Let me give you an example. A sumo wrestler versus a sprinter versus a marathon runner. These three people will eat completely different, train completely different, and perform completely different. They have different goals, lifestyles, and missions in life. Say what you want about genetics if any person moves to a different style of training and eating they will become more like that person.
2. The diet (how we eat) is only a part of a long, fit healthy, life.
I know some healthy and fit vegans (although only a few) and I know healthy and fit meat eaters. There are some cultures that have been studied because their longevity (age). Here is further reading on the subject it is called the blue zones. The interesting thing is that eating is just one part of the equation. Stress reduction, sense of purpose, faith, happiness, exercise, and personal healthy relationships were keys to a long healthy life. My point is that people can have very different eating styles and still be healthy and fit.
3. Processed foods are minimized
We all know that sugar, fast food, processed foods, trans fat, bad carbohydrates do not make us live a longer more fit life. In all instances these are controlled, or cut out completely.
4. Calories are in check but most importantly healthy foods are the majority of the plan.
Healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats are all important to a successful nutrition. None are bad when they come from healthy sources. Also they do not eat too little or too much but usually this is controlled by what we eat.
5. They never diet they just have learned how to eat.
This is the point of Personal Trainer Food. Dieting by fad diets and or other programs that do not educate a person how to eat is know good. The issue is not just portion control it is also what foods will give us sustained energy, strength and vitality.
6. It is not about restriction or deprivation but it is also not about gluttony.
This happens all the time. It is called the all or nothing syndrome. Where people stick with something for a week or even a few months. Instead making small continual little changes would be better.
Looking at the typical american diet really is more towards gluttony. The problem arises when a person goes cold turkey and says “I am never going to have ______” This is dangerous water and most likely will lead to failure. A person should have rewards in place but they should fit into that persons goals and lifestyle.
7. They take the 70-90% approach
What does this mean? It means they eat healthy and for their goals most of the time, but lets face it we all like to indulge and that is not a bad thing nor should it be avoided in my opinion.
There you have it some common things for a nutrition (diet) program that works.
Comment below your thoughts or questions!