So much information on diets out there at the moment and Keto or low carb diets seem to be marketed pretty strongly , I urge you to use common sense before starting any diet and tread carefully especially if the diet includes fasting, detoxing or removing all types of food groups and if there is supplements or food companies associated with them run the other way. Don’t follow the fashion or trend follow what works and has worked long term – I saw a study of over 1000 people that had lost weight and kept it off for one year and less than 1% of those people used a low carb diet plan and I’m sure that number would drop even further over two years. When you see diets that are dangerous for elderly or pregnant woman also spells danger as its usually always associated with stress on the body which then creates metabolic damage.Never ever chase short term results, always look at the big picture and if in any doubt I’m also happy to help.
Having a strong mindset is also extremely important in achieving your goals and I’ve been in the industry as a coach for over 2 decades now and not only have I successfully transformed my body and stayed lean for over 30 years but have successfully transformed hundreds of people’s bodies and allowed them the luxury to stay lean whilst enjoying all foods for the past two decades.
Note ( Intermittent fasting is a diet approach used by Sumo wrestlers intentionally to get fatter in the shortest period possible and please note these wrestlers train 3 – 4 hours a day which is a lot more than any of you ) So yes what you eat is important but how you eat is just as important.
I have included below part of an article written by Coach Abel on diets and the emotional Brain that you might find useful and is in vogue with a diet plan that I recommend and encourage.
” Consumers simply don’t know the difference between diet vogue trends and sound nutritional approaches that include considerations of metabolic wellness. Most people look at the current vogue diet trend and hop on its wagon for no other reason than to “appear to be” in the know. And more often than not; this always turns out to be untrue. What is new isn’t necessarily better. And what is more and more complicated is NEVER BETTER.
People forget that the low and ultra-low fat diet approach lasted for years and years and had academic support at the highest levels, with various doctors who endorsed it (some still do actually). But because Intermittent fasting was founded by a doctor, it is supposedly superior; even though so many other diets were also founded by “doctors.”But let’s talk about living in the real-world beyond “research studies” shall we? A world where food is convenient, and abundant and enjoyable – biologically and socially.
But one more thing on research vs. reality first. Any diet-strategy that insinuates we should diet like our ancestors did, is a diet you should be skeptical of. Our ancestors lived in a world of food scarcity, not food abundance. They lived in a world with no modern convenience of food acquisition, preparation, and storage. And they lived in a world that didn’t have hyper-palatable foods that lit up the opiate reward centers of the brain, much like feel-good drugs do. The only commonality we share with our ancestors is that we are hard-wired to seek food, notice food, and want food. Our ancestors ate the way they did because of necessity; not because it was optimal – physically, metabolically, or psychologically! And I would also argue that in terms of human progress, it makes sense that we, as the smartest species on the planet – would find ways to make food more and more enjoyable, just as we did with shelter and sex, and the other things we are hardwired to seek and enjoy as a species. It is natural for us to enjoy food, and to want to enjoy food. It is UNNATURAL for you to deprive and deny yourself of it; as any kind of “fasting” approach dictates to you.
The Emotional Brain
Not only are we physiologically hardwired to seek food and enjoy it; our emotional brains are embedded in this physiology as well – as a source of survival. Food is enjoyable socially because as humans we are also hardwired to be emotionally connected to the eating experience – not to food per se, but to the eating experience itself. From the first moment of making eye contact with your mother feeding you as a baby; either by breast or by bottle this “emotional imprint” of a positive emotional experience connected to eating is established for a life time and handed down from generation to generation. And this is true for all mammals. Anything that puts you at odds with a positive emotional connection to the feeding experience and enjoyment of meals – is something that puts you at odds with your own instinctual evolved drives.
How do you think that is going to work out?
As always enjoy the rest of your weekend and Ill see you at the gym