Paleo? Low Carb? Vegan? Intermittent fasting? Ketogenic? Or something else entirely?

You probably know the answer to this question already. However, if you research each of these diets you will find  that each of them claims the supremacy of knowledge to weight loss and well-being.

The Paleo diet claims that “is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic”

A Low Carb diet claims that svoiding carbs usually results in weight loss, without hunger.

A plant-based vegan diet indicates that “… it can reduce the risk of mortality from conditions such as: Type 2 diabetes.”

Intermittent fasting suggests that “…is the ancient secret of health”

Last but not least a quick look into ketogenic diets will reveal that some consider that “Nutritional Ketosis may be key for optimal health.”

All these diets have been promoted and tried with good results by many people … but which one is for YOU?  The short answer is very simple, None.  There is no one-size-fits-all way of eating. The perfect diet for you depends on your specific goals e.g. are you an athlete? do you have a specific illness or you simply want to lose weight? An if you would like to lose weight what is your activity level? what is  your body type, your genetics and your current lifestyle? There are so many parameters! In addition, your body is always changing, there are different stages of your life, your routine can change … so rather than look for the “silver bullet” approach to your diet, learn to know your body and understand your body nutritional needs. To help you with this, I have written these guidelines to  build your own best diet.

Consider this:

  • Don’t force your “square-shaped” life into the “round hole” of a specific plan.
  • Identify your current “bad habits” and replace them with good one. This will take time.
  • Be mindful of important markers such as energy level, mood, appetite, normal bodily functions.
  • Get advise from a nutritionist who can support your to change your current habits and life style.

Be prepared to:

  • Trade-off between taste and nutritional value. If you are only focusing on taste might miss on a big range of nutrients important for your health.
  • Use nutrient dense foods i.e. low calories but high nutrient value per calorie. This will also help control your appetite.
  • Re-asses your eating habits every so often.