The headlines tell you to diet. They say it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. All you’ve got to do is follow their simple plan. It has a deadline of 6 to 12 weeks. It’s enough to sell you on getting started. The real question you have is this; is it the most effective diet for you?
The Most Effective Diet
Your ideal diet is not going to be cut from a magazine. It’s not something that you’ll be able to get from a meal plan you found online. The end of this article will not detail a diet that is catered to you. Why? It’s because dieting is specific to each person. You have foods you like and others you don’t. There may be allergies to different foods or sensitivities.
The diet needs to focus on one core component, calories. Calories come from the foods that you eat. Calories come in the form of 3 different macronutrients. Protein is 4 calories per gram. A carbohydrate is 4 calories per gram. Fat is 9 calories per gram. You can see why fat is a major concern when it comes to consuming them and how many grams are in a given diet.
It’s fairly well known the protein is made up of amino acids. Amino acids are considered the building blocks of muscle.
Carbohydrates are the devil. That is a joke and clearly an inaccurate statement. Our body has a primary fuel source and that fuel starts off as carbohydrates. The body breaks down and converts those carbs into the primary fuel source that is glycogen.
The body doesn’t require dietary fat for survival. The body can survive without fat. The body can store broken down calories from carbs and protein.
The most effective diet for you is going to take time to develop. This will allow you to determine what won’t work for you. You will learn this by trying different foods to see how your body reacts. It doesn’t mean you’ll just sit down and start a science experiment. It means that you start with foods you enjoy or moderately enjoy. There may be foods you’ll add that you don’t like or didn’t like.
Side note: I’ve grown to thoroughly enjoy foods I did not like. It took time but it also took that time to fully understand their value. A specific instance was with cottage cheese. It can be low fat or fat free and it’s packed with protein. Lean meats only got me so far with dieting and variety allowed me to appreciate those lean meats even more. Too much of anything can become a bad thing. That was chicken breast for me. It just became a chore to consume. Any long term dieter will fully understand how that can happen. Don’t let it happen to you.
There are few things that should not be part of your diet. The first on that list would be magic pill solutions. Your body is going to go through changes. This means you may feel a surge of energy or feel a lack of energy.
Let’s make that sink in for a bit and then we will proceed with Step 2.