Diets DO Work

Have you ever heard that diets don’t work? I have and it’s one of the most ridiculous statements. Maybe it’s because we don’t really know what a diet is. And maybe it’s because we have been hit with so much information about food and what to eat that the word “diet” has a bad name. Well if diets don’t work then I’m surprised I’m writing and you’re reading. Because it’s food that helps to keep us alive. It’s the basic foundation of survival.

All of us are different genetically, environmentally, socially etc. so our diets may look different one to another. One problem I find is that a lot of diet information aims to have us in a “one size fits all” box. It can confuse us into thinking there is only one way to eat healthy and therefore be healthy. I don’t believe this is true. There are so many wonderful foods to choose from that put in the right combinations can keep us healthy. It’s best to focus on what a REAL diet is made up of to empower you to make the best eating decisions for your health.

what is a diet for real though

So what is a diet? Webster’s definition is food or drink regularly provided or consumed; habitual nourishment. With this definition it’s easy to see that a diet is merely what you regularly eat or drink. Depending on your health goals what you regularly eat or drink can be different.

A good diet should have carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. How much of what you eat of these foods and when depend on your personal goals. Watch out for diets that eliminate any one of these food groups. All of them in combination contribute to giving your body everything it needs to function.

I’m gonna do low carb

Low carbohydrate diets have been popular over the last decade or so. It’s important to understand that while our bodies are able to use an alternative fuel source for energy when eating low or no carbs, our bodies have switched into survival mode. It’s unclear of what the long term effects are on the body when you eliminate major food groups from your body. In most cases when it comes to weight loss this method doesn’t seem to hold up for long lasting results.

so what now?

Your best option for eating right to reach your goals are knowing what your diet should include, then implementing a system to make it a habit to eat these foods on a daily basis. For everyone and household this looks different. Working with a dietitian to help establish and hold you accountable to this can make the process less overwhelming.

My “Client Choice Meal Plan Guide” is a great start to a healthy meal planning system designed to reach your goals.