4 Steps To Finding The Diet That Is Right For You
Finding the right way to eat for your body is tricky. With so many diet books on the market, it can get confusing and frustrating. There is no one diet that works for everyone.
There is only one right way to eat for your body, and that comes down to what you can sustain for the long run and what fits your lifestyle.
It is up to you to figure out what works for you. These four steps will help you discover the best way to eat for your body.
1. What are your goals? What is it that you want to achieve? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to gain muscle? Do you want to do both? It’s important to define your goals because it makes a difference in how you plan your diet.
If losing weight is the goal, a lower carbohydrate diet might work best. If putting on muscle is the goal, a nutrient timed higher carbohydrate diet might work. And if losing fat and building muscle is the goal, a carbohydrate cycled diet might be best.
Of course, the base of your diet should be real, unprocessed foods with a balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein (macronutrients), but how you manipulate those nutrients will make a difference in the outcome.
2. Experiment. Figure out what works for your body by experimenting with different nutrition plans. Every body is different. Our hormones react differently, the amount of muscle mass we have is different, and our environment is different.
Perhaps you don’t do well on a lower carbohydrate diet, but would benefit from carbohydrate cycling. The only way to know if a specific plan works for your body and lifestyle is to experiment with it.
3. Stick with the plan. Stick with the diet for at least 4-6 weeks. It will take that long for your body to start showing changes, and for you to determine if the plan is working. After that time, tweak the macronutrients if needed.
This could be in the form of eating more carbohydrates and less fat or eating fewer carbohydrates, more protein and fat. Then stick with it for another 4-6 weeks.
If the diet is hard or unsustainable, then you need to plan a diet that works with your lifestyle.
4. Measure your progress. Now that you have identified a goal and established a plan, experiment with the diet and record your progress. This will provide motivation and help you see the overall picture.
Finding the best way to eat for your body takes time. It’s easy to get frustrated with the process and want to quit, but stay with it, and don’t give up. It’s liberating to know what works for your body and what doesn’t work.
What do you find most difficult when it comes to planning a diet? Do these steps seem doable? Is there a step you would add to this list?