People ask me all the time, “What is the best diet out there??”
The truth is... it depends.
There is no one-size-fits-all and there is no “golden child” of popular diets.
So many diets...
There are a lot of diets out there that can help you feel better, improve your energy, and help you lose weight. I’m sure you’ve heard of most of them: Whole 30, TLS, Paleo, South Beach, The Mediterranean Diet, vegetarian, Keto, etc. I’m not going to get into a review of each of these diets. You can totally find that on the Googles.
But, what I will say is this: The best diet out there for you, is the one that helps you feel good and that you can follow most of the time.
- The one that feels the most natural for you.
- The one that feels the most interesting.
- The one that appeals to you.
And NOT because of the weight loss promises, but because of the structure and the general way of eating.
Honestly, you can probably lose weight and improve your energy with ANY of these diets. But, if you can’t stick with it long-term, don’t bother. Because the way you eat to feel better is the way you have to eat to continue feeling better. If you go back to old habits, you will go back to old results.
My top tips:
- Try different diets with a curious mind. Just try it out. See if it’s doable. See how you feel after a couple of weeks and then decide if it’s for you long-term or not. I generally recommend giving something 30 days, but if you’re really struggling with it, move on.
- If one diet doesn’t feel like a good fit, just try something else. Don’t make it mean anything except that it just wasn’t right for you (i.e. don’t make it mean you failed, or that diet changes are hopeless, etc. etc. Believe me, I know how this goes).
- DO NOT base diet success on weight changes alone. This will be the fastest way to get discouraged and decide that the diet “didn’t work.” Weight loss is not a straight-forward journey and fluctuations will happen with any meal plan. Instead, pay more attention to your energy and the ease of following the plan.
- Learn from every diet you try. My diet is a combo of different things that I’ve tried over the years. See what you like from different plans and piece it together. It may take some trial and error, but that is the journey to figuring out your best fit.
A quick caveat
This all said - I do not recommend any severely restricting diet (here’s looking at you, Cabbage Soup Diet), diets that rely on a lot of processed foods or bars, or diets that require calorie or macro tracking. I believe we should eat in a way that is fairly simple, straightforward, and based in real food for long-term success and stick-to-it-iveness. Your diet should not feel like a part-time job and it should not come out of a package.
OK, so I do have a favorite 🙂
The diet that I do think is most doable and gets the best long-term results for most people is a low-glycemic diet. I generally recommend trying TLS. You can check it out HERE and get a free meal plan.
And - if you are ready to figure out the best way for you to eat based on your goals, preferences, past experience, schedule, etc.- let's talk! I help my clients create personalized meal plans that work for their unique situation AND help with adjustments as you go. You don't have to figure this out alone.
Leave me a comment below - what do you look for in a diet??