First off, I have to say, that I hate the word “DIET.” This usually brings to mind eating plans that are short-term or crash course. These are things that you are designed to go on for 2 weeks before you jump back on the crap diet a lot of people follow. Promises of losing weight or gaining muscle in 3 weeks before that summer season. This is not what I’m talking about. I am talking about what you eat day in and day out. This is the stuff your body ends up being made of. Like it or not, your body is fueled and built by what you put into it. There are so many opinions out there on what you should eat. There are “vegans” who eat no animal products period. There are “paleo diet people” who eat huge quantities of meats and no grains/beans. In reality, what is best for you depends on several factors. Among the more important ones are age, gender, activity level, goals, climate, season, genetics, health conditions, etc. The fact is that no two people are going to thrive on the exact same diet. I could probably go on and on about this one topic. But honestly, it’s just not worth going into unless you are really trying to get extremely healthy, heal a health condition, or in get into excellent shape. In general, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind.
1. Eat whole (preferably organic) Food that you cook yourself as often as possible. Don’t overcook it.
2. Vegetables are the focus of most healthy diets
3. Don’t eat junk. (packaged foods, sugar, vegetable oils, etc)
3. Eat what feels right for your body
4. Don’t overeat and don’t eat late at night
5. If you want to gain weight eat a little more. If you want to lose weight eat a little less.
And one final rule for all those people who think eating junk food and running on treadmills for hours is the way to go. Your “body shape/type” is determined primarily by what you put into it. It is a lot more effective to eat a clean diet and work out a little than to eat a junk diet and work out a lot. So my question to you guys is:
What is your diet and why does it work or not work for you?