...okay so it isn't quite that simple BUT, it doesn't have to be complicated.
Everywhere you turn, from 'health' magazines, to celeb gossip weeklys, to adverts online and on television, there are promises upon promises of 'six pack abs in six minutes', drop 'two dress sizes in two days', and similar. Big promises are laid on weak foundations and the hopes and dreams of millions are shattered when one of the following things happens. 1. They swear they followed the diet to the letter but didn't get anything like the promised results, or 2. They got mind blowing results in an incredibly short time, went back to real life and ended up back where they were or even worse, worse.
The second option happens with great regularity and is what we affectionately refer to as 'yo-yo dieting'.
Which brings us on to our award.
The Best Diet In The World (Without A Doubt) Is....the one that is healthy, balanced and sustainable.
What does that even mean?
I believe that for anything to be classified as healthy there is a responsibility to psychological as well as perceived physical health. If you're completely obsessing over your food, worrying and stressing about it, avoiding social contact with friends, but dropping body fat is that healthy? We're going to explore 'healthy' foods in more detail but safe to say that making your entire diet up of cheeseburgers and chocolate isn't healthy. I've met grown adults, real people, that literally eat NO vegetables. Seriously.
Balance comes from doing the right mix of what you could, should and want, and the exact formula that works will be different from person to person. What is a constant is that you will have a goal in mind whether it's related to how you look, wanting to feel better about yourself, standing taller in the office or being able to walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. You don't have to go all out to achieve this - you'll get there more quickly granted, but it could and likely will blow up in your face. Taking a balanced approach means allocating enough 'units' to pursuits that you enjoy, whilst not at the cost of achieving your goal in an appropriate time frame.
The sustainability of anything comes down to its intensity. It's impossible to work, play, diet with 100% intensity 100% of the time without eventual spontaneous combustion in whatever the relative context is (not literally). Stress, binge eating, physical injury can all be side effects of overloading intensity. I define being sustainable as moving you towards your goal, at a speed that you're happy with, and a rate that you could maintain without undue stress indefinitely.
That's about it for now...
That might not be what you wanted to read, or maybe it doesn't come as any huge surprise, but no matter what pot of gold anyone tries to sell you, that is the truth. There is more to it than that and over coming blogs we're going to cover things such as calories, macronutrients, eating for purpose and explore some solutions to potential challenges you might be facing, but for now simply have a think about whether your 'diet' is really all it's cracked up to be.
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