What diet do YOU need to eat to lose weight?
Over the years I have followed many different varieties of diet philosophy. I can tell you something which you may have already noticed yourself – there are no shortage of experts who will advocate why their particular philosophy is the “real” best way to eat.
My own philosophy has evolved over the six and a half years since I created my own weight loss transformation and to be honest is still open to new information today. For instance, I recently eliminated dairy from my diet and have been fairly pleased with the results. You can see my thoughts in general on diet philosophy on my diet philosophy page.
I have come more and more to the mindset over the last year or two that the question of “what diet works best for weight loss” is perhaps the wrong question. I tend to think the way to approach it is to eat for nutritional health, and the actual “carbs, protein, fat” mix may be less of a factor than nutritional habits and food quality are.
The Precision Nutrition approach
I have read a ton of nutrition information over the years, and I really believe PN has the best overall approach to actual nutritional improvement. The best way to describe the concept is that it is less about a rigid diet plan and more about creating the environment under which the average person who is living their life can easily make changes which result in a healthier and sustainable long term diet.
A healthy weight and body composition is a pleasant bonus which goes along with improving your nutritional health.
Okay, here is the surprise. Precision Nutrition does not recommend any particular diet plan. I am going to link to an article on their blog below explaining in detail their philosophy on this.
I truly believe this is an eye-opener on the subjects of diets, and you will find it may change the way you look at “dieting” and perhaps give you encouragement that there is a better and easier way to be the person you really want to be.
The basic concepts of the PN approach
I don’t want to go too deep into the article contents, but I will list below some of the basic beliefs which guide the thinking behind the PN approach to the best diet. Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb, Low Fat – choosing the best way to go can be confusing. Here is a short preview of what PN believes all effective nutritional recommendations have in common:
- They raise nutrition awareness and attention.
- They focus on food quality.
- They help eliminate nutrient deficiencies.
- They help control appetite and food intake.
- They promote regular exercise.
Here’s the good news. Eating what you personally like and not going through a hunger – inducing calorie deprived diet does work if you can incorporate these principles into your day to day life.
I truly believe that given a small daily commitment and a few months of patience your lifestyle change and goal achievement will be a lot easier than you envision it to be.
I encourage you to read the linked article to learn more about what really works about diets.
Readers of my blog may know that I have been a Precision Nutrition Certified Level One Nutrition Coach for two years now.
I am in the process of being able to offer their software program to my own clients in a few weeks. I discuss this more in my post from a few days ago on Let’s talk diet (or better yet, let’s not) .
If you have not read that post yet I encourage you to check it out – it is a great resource to take a deeper dive into what PN is all about.
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