Which Diets Work? And Is It Really That Dangerous To Cut Out Food Groups?

I get asked all the time which diet works the best. And to be honest, success has less to do with the actual diet and more to do with the person following the diet.

Why do some people have success with certain diets while others don't?

Keto, Paleo, Whole30 - these are some of the most common "diets" right now. You may have even dabbled in one of these or know someone who has. 

While many of these diets help people lose weight and live a healthier life, they also tend to cut out certain food groups, which may not necessarily be a good thing.

Diets tend to do two things: 

  1. Create awareness because you are required to pay closer attention to what you're eating.

  2. Remove the option of overeating if you follow the diet. 

If you have success with a diet and then gain all of the weight back when you go off of the diet, it was not because the diet did not work. It was because you decided to do something different than what you did when you were on a diet. To maintain your weight, you must keep the healthy choices that brought you to that weight.

Related: Eat Slow. Lose Weight

Is it really that dangerous to cut out food groups?

Let's go back to those diets I mentioned above. One thing they all have in common is they all cut out different foods. Which could make you sick in the long run if you cut them out completely. 

The truth is that we NEED carbs, protein, and fat to function. And cutting out entire food groups can lead to many downsides, like missing out on crucial nutrients, fatigue and brain fog, constipation, liver damage, and disordered eating.

No one diet is better than the other...

Everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. 

The key is to match your nutrition plan to your situation, body type, activity levels, current health status, metabolic condition, and physique or performance goals. And this may take some trial and error, hard work, and time! But the results are worth it.

Sure, a low-carb diet can help you lose weight. But it's not that carbs are the enemy. In fact, the human body needs carbs to function.

Related: Macro Nutrients - Your Ultimate Guide

The reason people may have seen results on low-carb or low-fat diets was most likely because of the reduction in calories - or increase in vegetables and protein, which is actually more significant than the lower fat or carbs. 

I always recommend that clients follow a moderate, balanced diet that contains protein, fat, and fibre-rich carbohydrates (which are fruits and vegetables!) 

Don't just blindly follow any cookie-cutter diet system. You must educate yourself and try things out in the real world to see what works best for you.

People who struggle with diet and exercise their whole lives also struggle with understanding hunger cues, how emotions drive their movement and eating decisions, and how stress impacts their bodies.

People who develop healthy relationships with their bodies, food, and fitness have built a foundation through practice. They build skills and thought processes that allow them to be mindful, pay attention to their emotions, and tune into their body's signals.

Related: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking A Smoothie Every Day

Regardless of which nutrition plan you follow, you need to make it a priority, do the hard work (yes, this is not easy!) and stay consistent.

You have to show up again and again and again (and again).

Success is not sudden or immediate.

Jumping ahead and trying to do too much, too soon can lead to injury, frustration, or burnout. This is why it's so important to focus on the process, on the very act of doing the work itself.

The only thing we have a direct effect on is NOW. 

We can learn from the past and plan for the future, but we can't change the past or predict the future.

When you do the work at this present moment, the feats will come. The look will come. But they both arrive through the simple (and not easy) act of consistency.

Keep working! And keep learning - because the more knowledgeable you are, the more you will feel in control of your own destiny.

What you should do now

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