Updated: Feb 28
Have you ever searched the interwebs for the "best diet" that was going to change your life? Or maybe you heard about a popular diet that "everyone" was doing, and seeing nothing but positive progress from. Feeling excited and inspired by hearing everyone's progress, you decide to try it out. You dial in your nutrition for weeks, follow the guidance you've been given, stay compliant, train daily in the gym, and do everything right. That's only until you realize it's not working, at which point you get frustrated and fall off the wagon. Then you hear about the next diet your friend was doing and seeing huge benefits with...and the cycle continues . .
We've all been there at one point in time, unhappy with our current nutrition plan and looking for something "better". Something that was going to fix all our nutritional needs. A one-size-fits-all diet that you can easily stick to and see results from. WELL. I'm here to tell you that there is no "best diet" that will work for everyone. And here's one of the many reasons why. . .
It's a no-brainer that everyone is unique and different. Not only on the outside but on the inside too. On the inside, everyone has a different genetic profile that plays a massive part in how each of us digests and absorbs particular foods or nutrients. These differences in genetic make-up are responsible for our individual responses to the food we eat such as food allergies and food sensitivities/intolerances. Food intolerances are toxic reactions to foods that involve the immune system. They are usually more difficult to diagnose, but the symptoms include fatigue, gas, bloating, inflammation, mood swings, nervousness, and migraines. A lot of the time these symptoms go unnoticed by individuals since they don't realize the food they are consuming is the culprit. In addition, there is more and more research being done to see if food sensitivities exacerbate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and other diseases, normally not considered food related. So how one person responds to a food may be completely different than how another person will respond to that same food. That could also go in saying, just because one diet works for someone, doesn't mean it will work for you too.
This doesn't just end with food either! This concept also applies to daily lifestyle habits. How we choose to live our lives on a day-to-day basis strongly influences our gene expression, which is based on our individual genetic makeup. This means nutrition AND lifestyle habits affect how we respond or don't respond to a given nutrition plan.
All that taken into account, it's impossible for there to be a "best diet" that will work for everyone. That's why it's important to work with a professional nutrition coach who will look at all aspects of your life, from an outsider's perspective, to develop a nutritional protocol specifically designed for you. Interested in getting a nutrition and lifestyle coach to help with this? Don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are wanting some help creating a plan specific to you and guaranteed to work!