Diet for Health
An optimal diet for an individual is going to be, at least in part, dependant on the persons underlying health and genetics. Some people, for example, do better with more carbohydrates in their diet. Others do better with more fats.
However, for the majority of people who don’t have any of these issues of concern, the principles of a healthy diet can generally be as following:
Actually… scrap that – instead, replace it with: DON’T ‘DIET’ FOR WEIGHT LOSS!
If there is one thing that gets most people into trouble when tackling a weight problem it is the thought of ‘I am on a diet’. When someone ‘diets’ (in the traditional sense of the word) they immediately set in place a ‘short term, unrealistic, self-depriving’ frame of mind. It is a state of ‘over-control’…
So the first steps in any goal surrounding diet and health is to let go of most of the ideas that the diet industry has drummed into your head…!! ‘Unlearn’ all of the myths that we have been told about what to eat and what not to eat and simply ‘getting back to the basics’.
“They all work…when you stick to them… when you stick to them ” (see: Nutrition Journal 2008, 7:34doi:10.1186/1475-2891-7-34)
This study essentially found that although people receive numerous instructions about what to do to address their weight – very few are given appropriate long term guidance or support with which to follow through those instructions. But as when they DID follow through they were successful and did LOSE WEIGHT – REGARDLESS of the ‘diet’ they eventually followed!
So with this in mind I DARE you all to tackle the problem differently. Change your outlook – see it as a LONG term challenge, a change. Something to ‘create’… A general approach to ‘health’, ‘fitness’ and ‘balance’.
Ok, ok… so I have talked a lot about ‘eating less than you need’… But how do you determine this? Does this mean you have to COUNT calories obsessively? Well… you can…. If you want…. But there are easier ways – and that is to simply rely on accurate ‘servings’ of all your favourite foods.
Then you can give yourself ‘x number of portions’ of these food groups based on your body weight and activity level… Giving you the freedom to ‘pick and choose’ your meals each day without being stuck with eating ‘the same thing’ endlessly and without having to ‘laboriously’ count!
Now that the basics are covered – let us go on to discuss some specific nutrition topics :