The Composition of Diets

The Composition of Diets

Although many factors, such as calorie ranges, activity levels, and hormones play into which eating style we should choose for ourselves, no diet will work unless we factor in the "calories in vs. calories out" equation.

The best diet has no name and is customized to the individual. 

Here is a breakdown of the principles of each one:

DIET TYPE

WHAT IT IS BASED ON

CALORIE CONTROL OR RESTRICTION

Point-based systems like the mass-marketed diets that no one ever seems to graduate from, calorie-cutting and counting, prescribed meal plans

PROPORTION OF MACRONUTRIENTS

Macronutrient composition, e.g., low-carb, low-fat, ketogenic, high-protein 

ELIMINATION OF FOOD GROUPS

Food type/group choices and/or restriction, e.g., gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo

RESTRICTION BASED ON THE HOURS OF THE DAY

Time-based restriction, e.g., fasting, time-restricted feeding, or cut-off times for meals/nutrients

CRASH DIETS, DIURETICS, APPETITE SUPPRESSANTS

Sugar-fast, juice detox, diet pills (diuretics that cause diarrhea and cause water-weight loss)

IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS

Degree of flexibility or rigidity of the dietary restraint

FOOD STYLES

Clean eating, whole foods only, no added sugars, no sugar at all, or the Mediterranean diet

 

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