You don’t have to look far for advice on diets. Books, magazines and websites constantly churn out content advising people on what they should or shouldn’t do to look, feel and perform the way they want. Yet, despite the wealth of information available on the topic, most people still find it frustrating to find a diet that works for them the same way it worked for the author.
And the world we live in isn’t making it any easier. The revenue-focused food industry produces processed, cheap foods with high calories and the average restaurant seems more concerned about how the food looks than the consumers’ health. Profits are consistently prized over nutrition, and fattier, sweeter, saltier and more tempting foods are being produced daily, making it increasingly difficult to stick to a diet.
Even if you can get past the temptations and find a good source for healthy food, then which specific diet will be the right-fit for you?
Humans are unique
Our genetic inheritance greatly influences our body size, shape, bone structure and weight. And, there is no one-size-fits-all diet plan for everyone.
Our lifestyle, preferences, and goals are some of the factors that influence our choice of diet. To be both healthy and performing at our best, we must ensure we eat a well balanced diet which covers a broad array of foods consumed at the right times and in the right amounts to complement our lives.
The balanced diet
It isn’t enough just to eat less to lose weight – you also need to understand how food helps you achieve health and maintain a healthy weight by choosing foods that align with your digestive system and avoiding the foods that don’t.
A completely well balanced meal has all the nutrients and the right proportions for you. We often recommend a food sensitivity test to gain knowledge around the foods that work best with your digestive system – but until then, here’s some general advice.
Health practitioners suggest that it is good practice to eat a minimum of five varieties of fruits and vegetables daily. Variety in your diet may help reduce the possibility of certain cancers and strokes, and may also reduce the risk of heart-related diseases.
In addition, to these fruits and vegetables, starchy foods like oats, rice, whole wheat flour and whole grains should be included in your diet. Also, protein, which is needed for tissue growth and repairs can be obtained from low-fat milk and dairy produce which also doubles as a good source of calcium.
Why 85% of Diets fail
It’s no mystery that diets are a lot easier to start than they are to maintain. Being annoyed with how you look will only get you so far, and failure is the status quo.
Statistics suggest that out every five that start on a diet, two of them quit in the first week. And only one of them sees the process through to the end of the first month. In North America on an annual basis, the average dieter starts and fails at dieting four different times. Losing no more than 5lbs per trial.
These diet failures are as a result of some of these factors:
- Setting unrealistic diet goals.
- Binge eating
- Distractions and Temptations
- Not sticking with a diet plan for the long-term
- Not planning their meals
- Following popular opinions about dieting that are often cheap but unhealthy
- Focusing too much on the number of calories being consumed
- Lack of determination or not having the support you need
Choosing the right diet for You
Metabolism varies depending on the foods we consume, and many diet options are available. Foods that may be considered for people wanting to lose weight often include whole eggs, fruits, apple cider vinegar, leafy greens, whole grains, salmon, lean beef, chicken breast, nuts, tuna, boiled potatoes, soups, beans and legumes, grapefruits, avocado, greek yoghurt, cottage cheese, coconut oil, chili pepper, and chia seeds.
BUT – everyone is different.
Some of the tips to help in successfully sticking to a diet plan include:
- Knowing your nutritional needs?
- Listening to your body
- Understanding your lifestyle and eating style
The Bottom Line
Having the right diet is good for your health and general wellbeing, and even more important when you want to lose weight. Nutritious food, lots of rest, and regular exercise are also crucial parts of the mix.
However, long-term change is a necessity. To be successful at dieting you need to be ready, in the right mind set, have support and be able to track your progress and celebrate small victories.
We can help! Contact SlimWell today and get started on a results driven weight loss program that also identifies the foods that align with your unique digestive system.