Let’s talk a little today about “diets”. And I put that word in quotes because it means something different to everyone.
Diet refers to your way of eating. Period. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in a caloric surplus or deficit. It’s just simply your way of eating. You can have a good diet or a horrible diet.
I’m referring to specialty “diets” that we try all the time. Low carb, Atkins, No carb, (yes those are all different things), carb only, the McDonald’s diet, no fat, low fat, south beach, weight watchers, slimming world, etc…
I’m not at all saying don’t try these. Some have had some major success. I’m saying do your homework before you try anything new and make sure you plan on sticking with it. Here are some questions to ask:
1. Am I getting enough calories? Women shouldn’t eat fewer than about 1200 calories per day and for men that number is between 1600 and 1800 at the LOWEST. Any lower than that you’re messing with your metabolism.
2. Is this sustainable? Can you see yourself eating like this for the rest of your life?
3. Am I eliminating any of the 3 super important macronutrients? You need proteins, carbs, and fats in your diet daily along with a host of micronutrients. That said, some people tolerate different amounts of each. For example I’m very carb sensitive so I can’t eat loads of simple carbs daily. I still get my carbs in but they’re from complex sources like oatmeal and sweet potatoes
4. Is it healthy? Did you know there’s a cookie diet?? I’ll just leave it at that.
5. Does it fit into my current lifestyle? This goes along with sustainability. Don’t change up your entire life (unless that life is major unhealthy)… you’ll regret it and relapse later.
6. Are there any promises? If a diet is advertising and they promise you results, run.
Once again, I’m not saying that ANY of these diets are bad (except the cookie and McDonald’s diet.. you should hit up google, it’s hilarious the things people are trying). I’m saying choose what works best for YOU and stick with it for at least a 30-60 days. You have to give your body time to adjust to change and it won’t get the memo right away. It’s likely to stall until it figures out what you’re doing and then respond appropriately. Unless what you’re trying is extreme, then you need to stay away from that anyway.
If it’s healthy and sustainable I say go for it but please make sure you know what you’re doing before you start. What worked for your friend won’t necessarily work for you. It might, it might not.