Okay so, we talked about all kinds of diets here but they all have some kinds of rules and restrictions that make them work. Paleo diet excludes dairy and grains while low-carb diets reduce carbohydrates that our bodies need to function properly and have the energy to put in the work. What we haven’t talked about directly is what makes a balanced diet and what are its rules. So let’s see if you can really eat virtually anything and still get to your goal.
Best Diet for Weight Loss and Maintenance
Any nutritionist would tell you that excluding certain foods or whole groups of foods isn’t necessary unless you have some sort of condition that prevents you from digesting these foods. For instance, gluten makes people with celiac disease sick while lactose makes people intolerant to it experience unpleasantness in their stomachs. For people who have neither those two do nothing to prevent them from functioning normally. Meaning you can lose fat or gain muscle or just lose weight if that’s your goal while eating your favorite bread and butter.
The only rules that apply to a balanced diet are the ones of physics (that honestly apply to any other diet due to their severe caloric restriction). If you balance out the ‘bad’ and ‘good’ foods, the saturated and unsaturated fats, the ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ carbs, the lean and fat proteins you just might eat whatever you want and still be in shape, still get results, and be healthy. Calories in versus calories out, plus macronutrient tracking.
The rest is just as simple. You only take the supplements you need for a certain condition or deficiency and train as usual. The more varied your diet is the better your micronutrient profile is. You can also manipulate your diet to suit your deficiencies and fill in the blanks. This is that easy.
Imagine that you can eat whatever you like. Fruit, beef, white potatoes, bananas, and all other perfectly normal foods that were claimed ‘bad’ because of their glycemic index (which shouldn’t bother you unless you have diabetes). Don’t look up athlete’s diets online. They are different because athletes have different goals. Identify your problems (food allergies, intolerances, and preferences) and count your calories and macros. That way you won’t have a severe feeling of deprivation and have less of a chance to cheat on your diet, overeat, and fall off the wagon completely. Easy for weight loss, easy for maintenance.