"Diets" - you may have tried them all but there is one that you may not have though about. One that can give the best results that are long-term, responsible and maintainable. And that is.... FLEXIBLE-DIETING. Coach Carl tells you why here.
I’ve been in this industry for a long time and I have tried MANY different diets over the past 10 years.
But as I’ve become more educated, I’ve come to understand which diet method has given me, my clients, my fellow coaches and their clients the best results that are long-term, responsible and maintainable.
And that is.... FLEXIBLE-DIETING.
Before I get into this, I’ll give you a quick summary on what ‘flexible-dieting’ is and how it works.
As the name suggests, it’s a method that allows eating all foods and food types within your diet and with very little restrictions.
You work within a set number of calories per day (your calorie budget), with a set amount in grams for protein, fat and carbs and you do your best to stick within these targets.
You can learn the following (if this is approached/you are coached correctly):
- The importance of calories and how to track them
- What proteins, carbs and fats are and how to track them
- A nutrition/food tracking accountability tool
- That you can eat all the food you enjoy whilst still getting results
- The importance of understanding the 80/20 rule of nutrient flexibility
- Energy balance (critical for fat loss)
- How to put yourself in a calorie deficit to lose body fat effectively
- How to put yourself in a calorie surplus without becoming a fat shit
As I mentioned above I’ve tried most popular diets out there, which did get me results, but none had the ability to become a lifestyle for me.
Let’s go through some of those other diets and I’ll give you my opinion as to way they don’t last or become a sustainable choice.
Low fat diets
Back in the day (actually quite a bit before my time), was the ‘low-fat’ diet. People realised that fat was the most calorific macronutrient out of the big 3, so everyone who needed to lose weight cut it out.
From what I’m aware, this lasted a long time and while it would have helped some to lose weight, reducing a very much needed food group like fat which we need for things like hormone regulation and being happy was always going to be an issue. Eventually this died off and become a diet of the past.
Low carb diets
Admittedly, this was the first diet I jumped on in my youth. Why? Well, because Men’s Heath - my training and nutrition bible back in the day – suggested it.
Of course, this method does work for the first 2-4 weeks as because you’ve taken a full food group out, you drop a good amount of glycogen (water weight). But it’s long term effects were not good. Energy levels sucked, training sucked, there was a big restriction on the foods that I liked (so it made me want them more!), there was no calorie awareness and it makes eating out really difficult.
So again, it didn’t last for me or most people I know that tried it.
The paleo diet is based on only eating foods that came from the Palaeolithic era.
I think this is still up for debate on a few foods that were or were not meant to be eaten, but it’s essentially a meat (and a lot of it) and plant-based food diet. No grains at all. No proceed foods whatsoever. And again, no calorie awareness...... No fun!
In terms of food quality and nutrients, paleo is actually a very good way to get low calories but high nutrients into the diet. It also can teach you to eat less processed, low nutrient, higher calorie foods.
As a new coach back in the day, this was a good way for me to get results and help clients eat healthier foods, encourage them to eat a higher volume of food whilst not needing them to track calories.
But again, like all diets.... it’s far too restrictive for it to be a sustainable diet for most people. Say goodbye to socialising over food with friends and family on this diet. Unless they are doing it too.
I think we all tried this one at some point. Some Doctor (I think he was a Doctor) came out with a diet that said if you eat all of your carbs post-training in the evening (well, white carbs basic sugars etc.), you’ll get shredded and you can eat as much of them as you like…well, no.
All we were really doing was back-loading our calories to the end of the day...that was it.
So actually, it’s a good method for if you’re eating out late in the evening.... but that’s all.
There are so many diets out there that I could spend all day talking about this.
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I’m not going to explain in this blog how be perfect at flexible-dieting, that can be explained in a blog of its own. But as you can see, the biggest factor as to why these are all very short-term diets are the fact that you can’t really make these a viable lifestyle choice in this day and age.
There’s an abundance of foods available for us so why not use a system that allows you to have these foods in moderation, and work the diet around you? Not work you around the diet.
It gives us the ability to be more chilled out with food choices, stress less, binge less from the no restriction on foods. With correct guidance and education, its certainly been a game changer for me personally and pretty much everyone I know that’s used it can continue to.
Coach Carl is a qualified nutrition and lifestyle coach, with a very straightforward approach to helping people achieve their fitness goals. If you’re fed up of getting nowhere fast, wanting to learn about your nutrition and ACTUALLY getting the results you deserve, Carl offers nutrition coaching to clients who are fed up of restrictive fad diets and want to learn a sustainable formula for life. No BS, just solid education and inspiration to guide you to love food and use it to fuel your happy, lean and healthy body and a blue print to eventually do it alone.
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