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Friday, October 18, 2013

The answer is not really, lol!

I saw a question posed earlier about finding THE correct 'diet', about getting mixed answers from different places like your doctor, your weight loss program, your dietitian, etc...
I think the reason that none of these people can agree on an answer is a simple one.

There are approximately 7 billion people in the world, that's billion, with a 'B'
Which pretty much means if you tried the exact same thing on each person on the planet, you *could* come up with 7 billion results.

Ok, maybe that is stretching it a bit, but the fact is that we are all different.

Coming from the same genetic pool, my siblings and I look very much alike, but are very different when it comes to nutrition and how our diets affect our bodies.
My brother didn't really lose weight until he cut out carbs from flour and white rice, his son has the only peanut allergy in our entire family. My older sister is allergic to wheat and a thousand other food items. My younger sister is lactose intolerant but can eat anything else on the face of the planet and is pretty thin despite the amount of carbs and bacon she eats (she is a bacon-a-holic!)

My older sister also cannot understand why her doctor cannot give her a 100% positive answer to her problems. I tried explaining to her that a doctor can only make an educated guess, as can her nutritionist. It's the same with the suggestions that I give her, they are only suggestions...things that I have heard, tried, or reasoned out.

We can all try things, there are things that we KNOW that will work. Portion control, cutting down or cutting out the fat that you eat, getting up and moving.
Outside of that, we all lead very different lives. Your own life will even change from time to time.

The bottom line is that there is no ONE perfect road map for our journey to health. You have to sift through all that available information and apply what is right for YOU. You might find it through trial and error, or just even through some common sense. Take what works for you and build on it.

(P.S. I am feeling a bit improved)
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    A bloke on the telly lost 21pounds just through portion control. I was impressed by this. A great blog today. I have four children, three are thin and can eat anything the eldest takes after me and puts on weight just looking at a cake. emoticon
    1583 days ago
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  • KAREN608
    True, we have to find out how our body deals with things we eat, and what works for us.
    1589 days ago
    Each of us travels our own road. When we pay attention and observe our own reactions we get clues as to what works and what does not. One size does not fit everyone! Thanks for sharing.... emoticon
    1589 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    emoticon We can learn the basic common sense rules but each of us has to take that and make it work for our lifestyle.
    1590 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
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    1590 days ago
    So true! And I love that you mentioned portion control... I have seen it SO many times, on WW and SP, where people are trying some "diet" or "tip" they heard about like cutting down on carbs or cutting out certain foods, but they are not measuring their food so they have no idea how much they are eating.

    But beyond figuring the portions out, it's amazing how different things work for different people!

    But mostly, 42. Always the answer. ;)
    1590 days ago
    You right, there are a lot of roads.
    But the principals are the same and professionals never talk about them, because if you know them you don't need your nutritionist and dietitian and so on.
    Sad, but that's how the world works.
    1590 days ago
    I think you're SO right. And maybe it's why so many people give up-- they try something (maybe not giving it enough time for a fair "go") and it doesn't seem to work, and they give up. It takes some determination and motivation, to keep going.
    1590 days ago
    You're so right!! We all need to find what works for us. It's a lot of trial and error. emoticon
    1590 days ago
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