One of the most common questions I get as a nutrition coach is, “What’s the best diet to follow?”
The answer: there is no best diet.
If a diet works for one person, and even if they’ve seen hundreds of results with their method, it does not mean that diet will work for YOU. I know, it’s not the “sexiest” or “most appealing diet” because it doesn’t call for extreme eliminations, but it’s the boring truth.
Whether you choose intermittent fasting, Paleo, Keto, counting calories or you use macro tracking and/or intuitive eating practices, the best one to pick is something that keeps you in a calorie deficit and that you can stay consistent and sustain long term.
Here is my advice for someone starting off on their new health journey. Instead of trying to change everything all at once or follow a cookie-cutter diet, look to create new daily habits. This could mean drinking more water in the morning or swapping your soda at lunch for sparkling water. For more activity in your life, start by walking 10k steps per day. Gradually add in some weight training 2-3 times per week. Find something you enjoy doing that gets your heart rate up and your body moving. It could even be hiking, swimming, or rock climbing.
The boring truth is that to lose weight you must be in a calorie deficit, patient and consistency wins in the end.
If you keep yo-yo dieting and always find yourself doing the same thing without any long-term results, that “diet”, or way of eating isn’t the right one for you. So, the best diet is the one that matches your goals and physiology. It is one that includes foods you ENJOY. It is one you can be consistent with. Most importantly, It improves your health long-term. Find what works for you.
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Have a great Tuesday!