Which is the best “diet”? 

Every diet you see on the internet consists of the same thing, food. Just in different groups or quantities. We have to stop looking at our food choices and linking them to a specific diet. 

Immediately people associate a diet with something that’s restrictive and food should not be like that whatsoever. 

I’m always asked, what’s the best diet for fat loss so let me tell you.

THE ONE THAT YOU CAN ADHERE TO LONG TERM. No foods should be excluded from a diet. Each person enjoys different foods so the idea of following a diet that’s restrictive and removes foods you enjoy from your life is an incredibly silly & unsustainable diet, don’t you agree?

You often hear that a friend of a friend lost 120lbs on a specific diet and like others that have heard that story, you start to question diets and which is the best for you.

However, when you dig deeper, you can soon understand why they lost that much weight.

Firstly, the fact they had minimum 120lbs of fat to lose should tell you the foods they were consuming prior were calorie dense and overly consumed. 120lbs of fat is a LOT.

Then, their lifestyle. Do you think someone that lost 120lbs was active, living a healthy lifestyle, moving a lot and working out? Probably not.

Now, when this person starts their “diet” immediately their food groups have changed. They’ve gone from someone that over consumes calorie dense foods to someone actively seeking better nutrition and food choices.

Generally, when people start a new “healthy lifestyle” not only does the food change but they become more active as well, moving more and doing more exercise which burns calories.

That’s why tracking calories is so effective. No, you don’t have to do it to lose weight. But if you’re someone that doesn’t understand the nutritional values of foods, it’s recommended as long term it makes it much easier to estimate the calories a meal may contain and helps you understand more about your food choices.

Tracking food intake is the most consistent way to get results but not essential!

My approach is a flexible dieting approach. 80-90% of the calories I consume are from highly nutritious foods, the other 10-20% are from whatever I like. It could be chocolate, ice cream, biscuits etc. This ensures I’m getting adequate nutrition without restricting the fun foods!

Start to understand your body more. Use the calorie calculator to get an estimation of the calories you need daily and start to make the foods you consume work for you and don’t restrict foods you love!