We often get asked the questions; “What is the best diet”, “what do I need to eat” and “how much should I eat”. With many people thinking there is a magic one size fits all diet that will give you the body of your dreams.
However, the answer is never as simple as a cookie cutter diet or a list of “good” and “bad” foods to eat.
There are a few important points to consider when trying to establish what is the best diet for you:
- Your Goals – What are you wanting to achieve? Do you want to drop body fat or are you wanting to fuel your sporting performance?
- Your Lifestyle – Are you able to make and eat regular meals or are you always on the go? Do you have a physical job or sedentary job?
- Your Commitment Level – How committed are you to achieve your goals? Not everyone wants to sacrifice everything to achieve a particular health and fitness goal.
- Can You Stick To It – This is the most important point to consider. If you can’t actually follow your diet because it doesn’t suit your lifestyle then it is pretty much pointless and definitely not the best diet for you.
In summary, the best diet is the one that you can actually follow day in day out and helps you get to your goals. Yes it will be challenging to start with, but it will be do-able, you’ll be able to work it into your lifestyle and most importantly you won’t quit.
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Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that the body requires in small amounts to function optimally. To ensure you get adequate micronutrients from your diet make sure you eat a variety of vegetables, fruit, meat and fish.
Supplements (e.g. vitamins, green powders) can be taken if you diet is lacking particular vitamins or minerals.
This is what the major vitamins and minerals do:
Vitamin A – sometimes called Retinol has a few jobs which include helping Vision in darkness, keeping the skin and membranes healthy and supporting your immune system.
Vitamin A can be converted from foods high in Beta-Carotene.
Vitamin B – there are 8 types of vitamin B! B vitamins in general are responsible for energy production from food and supporting the nervous system and helping the body produce healthy blood cells.
Vitamin C – helps to protect cells and maintains everything from healthy skin to bones! It’s also super important for helping with inflammation and healing!
Vitamin D – keeps bones, muscles, teeth and mood healthy! Vitamin D is super important for this! Try to get as much UVA protected sunlight as possible and in the winter check your mood to see if a supplement might be needed!
Vitamin E – again for healthy skin hair and eyes and to support our immune system!
Vitamin K – needed for blood clotting and bone health!
Minerals – these include calcium, magnesium, Iodine, selenium and other trace minerals we need in tiny quantities. Calcium is great for bone health and detoxification! Magnesium for relaxation and cell hydration improving recovery, Iodine and selenium for thyroid health and things like chromium for blood sugar!
When adding vitamins and minerals decide carefully. Multi-vitamins are convenient but often contain more than our recommended daily amount of some of these which can cause imbalances. I would suggest focusing on a nutrient rich diet full of colour and varied sources of proteins fats and carbs and reviewing your energy levels! Then discuss with a nutritional or healthcare practitioner!
How I feel about Diet Drinks and Low Fat Versions
So there are pro’s and con’s and so I apply my it depends philosophy.
– Less Calories same satisfaction
– Low affect on blood sugar and therefore can help satisfy cravings
– Full of artificial sweeteners / colours
– Contain thickening and binding agents
– ZERO nutritional quality
BUT let’s just highlight something they’re not going to kill you but are they GOOD for you? NO but neither is full sugar coke or full fat mayo! However, I know our bodies are made to cope with Fat and Sugar and definitely weren’t made to deal with Aspartame, Sucralose and E numbers. So my suggestion is in small quantities it isn’t going to hurt but neither is enjoying the real deal!
P.S it is possible to be very allergic to artificial sweeteners – as I am