The Best Diet for You!
I’ve previously highlighted the importance in finding, or even better developing the best diet for you.
In the majority of cases, the basics will yield the best results. The reality is, the idea of a perfect diet is a myth. The meaning of the word ‘diet’ and people’s perceptions of what it is are miles apart.
What do you think of when you hear the word diet?
I’m sure most of you think of restriction, and removing certain foods, and possibly food groups from your diet.
The Greek word ‘diaita’ means, “to live one’s life”, whilst the Latin meaning is “manner of living”.
Do you think along these lines when you think of the word diet?
I actively encourage everyone to follow a diet which they can adapt to suit their lifestyle and individual needs, so here are 10 fundamentals of a healthy diet:
- 1) Takes your personal preferences into account
- 2) Supports your physical and mental performance
- 3) Covers a range of nutrient requirements
- 4) No unnecessary or unsupported food restrictions
- 5) Respects any allergies or intolerances
- 6) Convenient
- 7) Affordable
- 8) Socially acceptable
- 9) Caters to personal beliefs
- 10) Sustainable over time
*(Alan Aragon UK Conference 2013)
Considering the above, your ideal diet would be tailored to suit your goals, and primarily your lifestyle, taking into account your current stress levels which would play a huge role in your adherence.
Suppose you work 12 hour days with little free time, how much time could you realistically set aside to preparing meals, could you realistically sustain this over time without adding to stress?
The reality is, you will all be at different levels when it comes to your knowledge in nutrition and ability to track food intake, as well as how much detail and planning you’re able to put into this as a result.
For some, a good change to begin with may simply be drinking 4 beers over the course of the week instead of 8, with the longer term goal of minimising this as much as possible.
Think, small and steady changes which are easy to implement into your lifesyle.
Do you need any help with your nutrition, or some pointers with training or exercise technique?I’ve previously highlighted the importance in finding, or even better developing the best diet for you.