Updated: Jul 20, 2020
“50-year-old man loses 100lbs by eliminating this ONE food!”
“10 easy ways to boost your metabolism (Backed by science)”
“Doctors say this one food will clean your entire system!”
“10 foods that are slowly killing you”
“Eat anything you like and lose weight, provided you eat watermelon on the evening of
the full moon”
Do these headlines sound familiar? They were the first things to come up in my google search while inquiring about healthy diets.
….ok, that last one I made up….but I’m sure it will be the premise of a new best selling diet book in the next few years.
The very simple fact is that there is no blanket diet that is right for every person. As humans, we want to simplify everything. What’s the best workout? What’s the best diet? Tell me what to do and I’ll do it! Tell me what to eat and I’ll eat it!
Unfortunately, one of the things that makes human beings so incredible and interesting also makes it impossible to come up with one uniformed way that we should eat, exercise and act. We are all inherently different. We are genetically different, physiologically different, emotionally and cognitively different. We’re metabolically different. We may have a lot of similarities, but no two people are exactly the same. And this is why “diets” generally don’t work.
There is a thriving industry playing on the fact that you might not understand how your body works and might not understand how the food you consume potentially affects you, so they give you that blanket statement of “just eliminate this” or “just add this” and they can drive the narrative to whatever end they are looking for. Following simple directions is so much easier than understanding things!
I know that most of you don’t want to hear this but at the end of the day, nobody can tell you what you should eat (unless you’re personally seeing a dietitian assessing your individual needs) but you need to understand how food works and how it affects you personally. With that information hopefully you have the tools to “find YOUR nutrition.”
Over the next month We will be releasing weekly blogs tackling a different subject as it pertains to nutrition. The first will tackle “macro and micro” nutrients the second will discuss “metabolism and timing” The third will reflect on “fad diets” and what positives and negatives we can take from them” the fourth will summarize what we’ve learned, hopefully giving you the tools to take what you’ve learned to find your own personal nutrition.
Throughout these blogs I will be taking any nutrition related questions and answering them at the end of the article, so if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to hearing from you!