I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but not every diet works for everyone. One of my favorite websites “Fitness Blackbook” had this article on diets, carb diets, etc.
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This link is a great article on the various needs required depending on the persons body type.
Diets have to cater to the person’s activity level. I would be in the range of highly active. Many are more active than me… but I’ve been active since I was 18, so my activity level has evolved to be more efficient as time has gone by.
Regardless, a very active person like myself would require more carbs.
My diet approach has now evolved to a combination of fasting, cheat days, carb load days and depletion of carbs. Confusing? I know! None the less, I’m constantly tricking my body into thinking I’m doing one thing or another. I love to enjoy my food, so I adjust it accordingly.
Celebrations are important to me. When we had a big barbecue at lunch, I fasted in the evening.
I’ve read many articles and the reason for the discrepancies make sense. Some diets work for some and some work for others. That being said, there is a lot of garbage out there. Countless diets out there that make absolutely no sense… The cookie diet, the lemonade diet, the cabbage soup diet, the baby food diet, need I go on?
However, that all being said, we cannot dismiss that there are bad foods to avoid such as junk food, sugar, bad carbs (breakfast, cereals, white bread, desserts, potato chips, boxed snacks, etc.). Just because you are fasting or carb loading does not give you the license to go buck wild on these things.
All I’m trying to say is do your own research and ask yourself these questions:
- Is this a fad diet or is this I can apply to my lifestyle?
- Does this diet end and then what?
- Does my activity level work for this kind of diet?
- Does my lifestyle fit this diet?
- Is it reasonable, or does it sound ridiculous?
- Does the diet promote healthy foods, whole foods, and a good variety of foods to cover all nutrients?
- Does it sound like a realistic diet that I can apply long term?
- What are the long term success stories? Did the weight stay off those who tried it?
- What additional exercise is necessary to maintain the diet?
- Do you have to pan out lots of money just to be on the diet?
And that’s it. Be reasonable and try the diet once you make your evaluation.