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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Fitness Tips | 0 comments

What Diet Should I Follow?

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I confess I’m a big low-carb fan.

I love the “Slow Carb” diet by Timothy Ferriss in his book the 4-Hour Body. It works for me and thousands of other people.

If you’ve never tried it though, don’t just assume it’s right for you, or any other diet for that matter. I get many people asking me about dietary requirements, but it will be different for every person.

Just because someone else has tried a nutrition plan and raves about it, it does not mean it will be suitable for you or anyone else.

Self Experimentation

This is today’s ‘sermon’. You can do all the theorizing and planning you want, but there must come a time when you test things out on yourself.

Too long did I stall, waiting until I had gathered enough ‘facts’ and ‘data’ about the right things to eat, and the right way to exercise. There came a point when I just started to put it all into action, and that’s when things changed for me.

I didn’t always see the results I expected to see. You will get surprises, but that’s all part of the process. You shouldn’t let setbacks get you down. Instead, you should record your results and then think, “Why might this have happened? What can I do to change this?”

Carbs/Proteins/Fats

Now back to those carbs. Low carb diets may work for you, or they may not.

Carbohydrates are actually crucial to any diet, so don’t cut them out completely. They are the principal source of fuel for our bodies.

pcfIn one of my typical low carb diets, I will eat about 15% carbs, 30% proteins and 55% fats. I like to eat a few eggs at breakfast, and make sure that I eat within half an hour of waking up each day. Getting in your protein quickly after waking up is very important, so if you make one change to your existing diet, try that.

However, if carbohydrates are so important, is it really wise to have such a low percentage as the main aspect of the diet? What if we test a higher carb diet?

There are tales of people switching from low to high carb diets and actually experiencing weight loss. Now there are many factors at play here – perhaps a low carb diet helps promote better heart health or body composition. You can’t measure progress by weight loss alone.

Analysis

The important thing is to record your results and then analyse what happened.

Why did you lose weight after switching to a high carb diet?

There are numerous possible reasons:

-You lost muscle mass
-You were more aware of what you were eating
-Your body functions better on a high carb diet
-Your thyroid became more active

You can rule out certain theories by simply keeping a good measurement system.

Did you lose muscle mass? You should know if you have been recording your body fat percentage along with your weight measurements.

thyroidDo you have an under-active thyroid? If you suspect that you are showing the symptoms, then you need to see the doctor and determine if this may be a contributing factor. The only accurate way to know is to have a blood test to determine your hormone levels, after all.

The conclusion is basically that the diet you should follow is whatever works for your body. Be disciplined, keep records and you can discover a lot about your body. If a friend of yours lives and dies by a certain diet, try it out for yourself. Just don’t assume it’s the right diet for you, and be prepared to adjust based on the results you get.

 

 

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