Which Diet Is Right for Me?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? Had you ever driven yourself mad reading about different styles of dieting? Each time convinced that you found the one that you were going to follow.
Everyone at the gym does Paleo, I’ll do that. But wait I think my body will like Atkins better, but what’s the real difference? No no, forget it I’ll just do Zone... Actually Zone is way too hard, I think what I’ll do is just count my macros and fit them to that ratio I read on that online forum.
Sound familiar? The choices are nearly endless and range from things as strict as Whole30 & Paleo to everyone’s favorite eat-anything-diet IIFYM (if you’ve never heard of that, google “IIFYM Dom Mazzetti” for some laughs).
So how are you supposed to determine which one is right for you? Well friends the answer, as it commonly is in this industry, is that “it depends.” And not only does it depend on you specifically, there is also more than one diet that works for you.
Wait what!? Did I just say that there’s not really one all-encompassing complete best diet ever that works for everyone? Yup.
[take this space to pick up the pieces of your blown mind]
For argument sake, say there are 100 different types of diets in the world. There might be 15 that provide you with the results that you are looking for. Likewise, there might only be 12 that work well for me. And I might have a completely different 12 from you, or we might have 2 or 3 that work for both of us.
You might be able to eliminate some diets before you even attempt them just by what they entail. If you don’t have the patience or ability to weigh out your food on a scale or in measuring cups, then forget about counting macros. If you hate math and figuring out decimals and conversions, cross off the Zone.
Maybe you’re trying to decide for health reasons also. Once you can eliminate the options on the surface level you are now ready to see what might work for you.
If you are not as active and are looking to increase overall health, then you might not need high levels of carbohydrates and diets like Atkins, Keto, Paleo, etc. are more up your alley.
The point is, you never really know what works for you unless you try it out. My recommendation is to follow whichever diet you choose for a MINIMUM of 30 days. I think 6-8 weeks is a better time frame, but if you’re super impatient then 30 days will suffice.
So the answer to the question: What diet works for you? A bunch of them! And you’ll never know until you give them a chance. Don’t be afraid to try something new! And if you have a diet that has worked for you in the past but you’re getting sick of it, try a new one and see how it goes! Having 2-3 different dieting styles in your arsenal is a great way to keep your body (and your food) fresh!
If you have any questions about dieting techniques or nutrition in general, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org