Choosing the best diet

RJ Pruitt

How do you choose the best diet?

If you are like mostpeople, you have asked this question at least once in your life. “What is thebest diet?” Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore, Atkins, South-beach, “X”- hourdiet, the Blood-type diet (maybe this one was created by Dracula?), the Cabbage-soupdiet, etc. There are so many different types out there. The short answer to thequestion is yes.

Josh Hills, one of myfavorite authors, once said that all diets that restrict calories would causeweight loss. That is the basic “eat less than you burn” rule. Any diet withfood quality as the focus will favor the loss of body fat. Remember, all dietsfall into one or more categories; calorie-restricted, quality-focused (you canonly eat “x’ types of foods), or timing-based. I am not going to talk abouttiming today since it is not as pertinent for the average person.

Calories consumed directly impact scale weight. The more calories you eat above what you require willincrease total scale weight. The quality of food you eat will have a moresignificant impact on your overall body fatness. It is simple to follow. If youwant to reduce or increase your total weight, then eat less or more food. Ifyou’re going to look good naked, eat better quality food.

The type of diet is notthe problem; there are many. The challenge for most people is adherence.Maintaining a super strict diet for life will be difficult to near impossible. Youcannot sustain super-hard workouts every day, and it’s the same regardingdieting. Your diet needs to be progressive with a definitive objective and plannedperiods of rest. Your nutrition plan should include recovery or “free meals”that help promote adherence. That said, the free meal does not have to be a BigMac and large fries, but so what if it is. The purpose is to give you somemental relief, which is a good idea for the average person. Later I will talkabout roving refeeds, when you should or shouldn’t track your meals, and muchmore.

The best diet plan isone that fits seamlessly into your daily routine. It is minimally evasive andrelatively easy to follow. Do your best to include the healthy foods that youlike to eat. The ultimate focus is to become consistent, and eating foods that haveare palatable is a great start. Take your time, and don’t be afraid to failhere or there. Consistency gets us to our nutrition goals.