If you’re like most people, chances are that at some stage in your life you’ve tried one of the many diets out there. Diets low in fat used to be all the rage, people feared eggs, bacon, olive oil, and butter.
A few years later, it swung in the other direction and suddenly fats were ok but carbohydrates were the devil. For a while you may have tried vegetarian and then you heard about the amazing new Paleo craze. Now you’re back on carbohydates, but only if they’re gluten/wheat free. Oh, and only if it fits your macros!
It’s no wonder that people are confused. It seems like it’s every day that we’re hit with a ground breaking discovery about the health risk of a certain food or diet. When did eating become so hard!
So what should you be eating?
Well when people ask me for tips to help them lose body fat, they usually get pretty frustrated when I use the most popular phrase in the fitness industry:
Many inexperienced coaches may simply send out a generic diet plan when asked for advice and this may work for some, but not for all. This is because although we all share some obvious features – two lungs, a digestive tract, an urge to always moan about the weather. We actually have some important differences once we zoom in a bit further. That is why fat loss is specific, it’s dependent on so many factors – your lifestyle, your activity levels, current body composition. The list goes on.
One thing I try to teach every one that I work with is how to listen to their body. Do they feel better on certain foods, do they train better with carbohydrates in their pre training meal. Etc. I do have a style of nutrition that I know works pretty well for optimising most people’s body composition, but I’m also very happy to switch it around if my clients prefer different food groups or macro combinations. As long as they are responding then I’m a happy coach. By responding, I mean seeing the changes that I’m expecting to see, either on the scales or from looking at their pictures.
It might frustrate you to hear me say that “it depends” all the time, but your own body/genetics really does dictate which style of eating works best for you. Many of our clients at The Performance Project could get in great shape by tidying up their diet alone. Simple changes can be very beneficial.
Do you ever feel like your diet is really hard to stick to?
That’s because you’ve over complicated things right at the beginning, you’ve jumped right in at the deep end and haven’t adapted your diet to suit you. Start off slowly with a set of guidelines and make small changes. Removing all your favourite foods on day one isn’t going to be sustainable.
Remember, for the best results, you must have a plan that has been designed for you and you only!
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