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GDBEAR65
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5/31/13 12:09 P

Put simply the best diet is the one you can maintain that promotes health and vitality. There's no cookie-cutter formula or one-size-fits-all when it comes to healthy eating.



RUSSELL_40
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5/31/13 11:27 A

You're welcome on the link. Next time just hit the add a link button, and type it in there.

I just felt that the statement could be read in two different ways, and while you may agree with both thoughts, I disagree, and think that for some individuals there may be one diet to follow always and forever.

I understand the article's push, but a lot of people may just read the one sentence you posted, and think, yeah, I can lose weight on any diet. That may also be true for some, but for others there is no absolute, even the absolute that no one can only lose on one diet.

In theory we should be able to lose on almost any diet that is credible, but our tastes, and body chemistry don't allow us to follow many of them in practice. Not many diets that get rid of hunger, allow me to eat a lot of meat and vegetables. Most of them are high carb, and lower fat, and have things I don't like the taste of, like bread, or noodles. So for me I am limited. Sure I can do Paleo or Atkins, but I consider them to be low carb, not separate diets. The small differences are of no consequence.

I do agree that we have many diets that will work for others. I think Vegans can be quite healthy, if they stick to it. Whole food diets seem pretty good, and work for many.

I just don't think that there is anyone out there who believes their diet will work for 100% of the world, even the people who are pushing them.

Overall though, a good article, and hopefully people read it, even if it is long. Some of the common factors among successful diets are important. They should be obvious, but to many they aren't.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 5/31/2013 (11:30)


LISADMTZ
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5/31/13 10:54 A

no such thing...

I don’t believe there’s a single, absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for every person to follow, always, and forever.

I agree....

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/best-d
iet



SIMPLELIFE2
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5/31/13 10:48 A

I think you're missing the point. It wasn't that ANY diet can work for an individual, just that there is no single approach that works for everyone at any given point in time. The "best" diet is *the one that works for you* is the point.

Yes, it is written more from a coach's perspective, but so many here think there is a right answer to this question. But there isn't. You have found what works for you, but it isn't the only approach. And it may evolve over time.

For example, I was a pretty strict vegetarian for a long time. I didn't eat fish, but did eat dairy and eggs. I relied on low-fat dairy a lot for my protein. It worked well for a long time, but when I upped my exercise routine, it didn't work any more. I played around and added fish (mostly salmon and tuna) and ditched the dairy, though I might eat yogurt or cottage cheese on occasion. My total cholesterol is down to 155 after a high of 240 before I became a vegetarian, which was the impetus. If I don't eat carbs, I totally feel like crap but my carbs are fruit, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, brown rice, etc. And this is my new balance. I feel good, still dropping the last bit of belly fat and I fuel my workouts. But I wouldn't say this diet is "the solution.' It's my solution.

I thought the big takeaway was the bullet points about why changes in eating plans work in general initially for almost anyway. You are more conscious of what you are eating. You cut out the processed crap, You hold yourself accountable, etc.

BTW, thanks for fixing my link.



RUSSELL_40
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5/31/13 12:23 A

Not for your coach, but probably for you personally. We all find a diet which keeps us at a healthy weight that we can maintain hopefully. I don't believe that ANY diet can work for me. Probably because they failed me. Low carb seems to work for me.

I did note that 2/3 of the people who had low heart disease, and good health ate a lot of fat. One ate high fat, the other lots of saturated fats. Not sure if he intended to make it seem like the diets were similar. I eat low carb, and high fat( 60 % ), and high saturated fat ( 20 % ) of my total diet. For me this is the only diet that has worked. I am sure that if I was under a controlled diet situation, that they could get me to lose weight, and there would be health benefits, but in the real world, most people find a certain way of eating that keeps them full, and they need to follow it to stay fit and healthy.

Obviously a person seeing many different people would have to take into account the individual wants, and needs of them separately, but as individuals, we have to be more select. So the article is great for the author, but I don't plan on devising a diet for anybody except myself, and in doing so, there is a best diet for me.



RUSSELL_40
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5/31/13 12:10 A



SIMPLELIFE2
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5/30/13 11:58 P

"I don’t believe there’s a single, absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for every person to follow, always, and forever."

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/best-d
iet

Probably the best explanation I've ever read. Please take the time to take a look and end the adherence to a "nutritional religion."



 
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