The perfect diet for weight loss? We’ve searched as a society for decades for the perfect answer. The reality, calories matter and even then it’s not a one size fits all.
Low Carb Diet: Creates a calorie deficit through reduction of entire macronutrient.
Low Fat Diet: Creates a calorie deficit through reduction of entire macronutrient.
Weight Watchers Diet: Creates a calorie deficit through portion regulation.
The 5:2 (or any fasting system): Creates a calorie deficit through reduced eating windows.
The theme? Calorie deficit. The perfect diet for you differs to that of another; no diet is wrong unless it starts creating a bad relationship between yourself and food.
If you’re seeing results, full of energy and can see the long term sustainability, carry on doing what you’re doing. If however, you dread the family get togethers, birthday parties, travelling, and eating out its likely you need to find a different approach.
Consider this. Are you preserving muscle mass? A calorie deficit too large can cause muscle wastage. Create a slight calorie deficit, not a gigantic one.
Are you getting enough protein? Protein is the building block for every aspect of growth and repair.
What does your output look like? What are your energy levels like day to day; sleep, mood and sex drive shouldn’t be effected by nutritional changes.
Can you maintain your chosen path for the foreseeable future? Remember, a healthy relationship with food really shouldn’t be underestimated.
Nutrition itself is individual. What works for one doesn’t always work for another so find what works for you and stick to it.