5 Aspects of the Best Diet for any Goal
Published March 6, 2016
The average attention span of an adult appears to be around 8 seconds, which is less than that of a goldfish. So, when someone asks me what the best diet is for “insert outcome,” I know I have to get my point across in as few words as possible. This is a difficult task when your opinion on diet is constantly evolving with new updates in research, and very dependent on individual factors.
So what are the key aspects of every successful diet for any health outcome?
Adherence is the single most important aspect of any nutritional program. If you can’t stick to it, you’re wasting your time. Part of adherence is also knowing your personality. If you’re the type of person that cannonballs into a swimming pool before testing the waters, go at the diet 100% on day one. In contrast, if you’re the type that puts a toe in the water before slowly submerging yourself, ease into the diet plan focusing on one behavior and building each week.
Awareness and Tracking
Increased awareness of your food influences your eating habits. Logging your food intake periodically is useful for two reasons: (1) you are fully aware of what you are eating, (2) It’s extremely useful for tweaking the diet down the road when you hit a plateau.
All successful diets focus on food quality and nutrient density. Elimination of processed foods while increasing intake of vegetables is the focus of all quality diets. Choosing nutrient dense foods gives you more bang for your buck.
A quality diet will include a variety of foods. Diets which prescribe the exact same foods day after day lead to nutrient deficiencies, boredom, binge eating, and ultimately failure.
We all take on a diet for a specific reason (e.g. lose weight, improve performance, get a beach body). Whatever the goal is, it needs to be measurable. You will be more likely to adhere to your diet if you have a clear, measurable goal from the beginning.
Paleo, Zone, Macro, and Mediterranean diets are common diets which can be customized to fit your needs. No one diet is optimal for every individual. With these 5 aspects in mind, the coaches can help you set measurable goals and personalize nutrition plans.
How does your diet stack up?