Diet is one of the biggest topics of confusion that many, people have when getting into fitness. One of the biggest reasons for that is: everywhere you look someone else has a different opinion about what food you don’t eat enough, what food you eat too much, what time you should eat, or what magical diet everyone needs to be following to lose the most weight.
There are tons of different diets out there that you hear about all the time. Whether it be Paleo, or the Ketogenic diet, or Atkins, or Weight Watchers; everyone says you should try their diet because it worked for them and it’s the best. The only common denominator with all these different diets is: they’re all completely different. Which brings up my point, lots of people try these diets in search of “the perfect” one. However, the only perfect diet is the one that you can stick with, and be consistent with.
Finding YOUR “Perfect” Diet
The biggest thing to keep in mind when trying to find a diet isn’t what worked for everybody else; but instead, find what you think can actually work for you. Ideally, it’s a diet that you can actually turn into a lifestyle. If you really hate the diet that you’re on you probably won’t be able to stick with it, or once you reach your goal, whatever that is, you’ll ditch the diet, go back to your old ways and lose everything you’ve worked so hard for. So, finding something you can sustain is super important.
Example: Ketogenic Diet
Take the Ketogenic diet for example: plenty of people have had great success with this diet. Personally though I don’t think that I would enjoy it as much as others because I love to eat carbs, which is pretty much impossible to do on Keto, and for most people if they don’t enjoy their diet they won’t stick with it, which can be detrimental for long term success.
I know for me, when I first got into fitness, I tried to eat chicken and rice for every meal. However, that was not sustainable because I got extremely tired of the same chicken breast day after day, and it threw my diet off for at least a couple of months. As time has gone by though, I got way better at finding foods that I actually don’t mind eating and that fit within my own goals. The way that I eat might not fit into one of the fad diets, or the way everybody says you should eat if you want to get into good shape, but my results are great. My results are so great because I am able to stay consistent with it and not fall off the wagon every couple of weeks.
Not Everybody is the Same
So, if you take one thing from this post: not everybody is the same, and “the perfect diet” doesn’t really exist. I’m not saying you should avoid diets like Paleo and Keto, because they can be extremely effective and are proven to work. However, if you can’t sustain them then you really aren’t doing yourself a whole lot of good. I’m also not saying that you should eat all sorts of donuts and cupcakes and things like that, it might be sustainable, but not good for your fitness goals, or overall well-being (obviously). So it might seem like a lot of work, but just find what works for you and what aligns with your goals. In the long run you’ll most likely see better results, and be a lot happier because of that.
By: Chandler Grimes