Importance of an individualized diet
One of the best indicators of how well a diet is working for you is how you feel throughout the day.
Courtney Cornwall, Outrun Gravity
Your approach to a healthy diet should be as unique as you are – after all, when has there ever been a “one-size-fits-all” scenario that actually accommodated everyone?
Every human is different, composed of years of biological, social, and cultural shaping that influences us to our very cell structure. It makes sense that based on your unique upbringing that certain diets will be more compatible with your body than others in helping you function optimally.
The Truth About Weight Maintenance
We all know the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen,” and that is a true metaphor whether your ultimate goal is to lose, gain, or maintain your weight: the food you eat is key. The status of your weight is 100% to do with the universal law of thermodynamics that states energy cannot be created or destroyed. The “calories” we have become so comfortable discussing in our day to day lives are actually a form of energy.
Whether you lose, gain, or maintain weight is due to how many calories you ingest vs. how many calories you exert during the day. If you eat fewer calories than you exert during exercise, you will lose weight, whereas the opposite is true if you eat more calories than you exert during exercise. This energy balance must be considered when evaluating your diet, but it is more important to prioritize the quality of the calories you ingest.
Different Approaches to Diet
There are multiple approaches to dieting that have evolved across the world, and while some appear to be effective in promoting longevity and health, many suggest negligent effects on certain body types. Some examples of diet types include intermittent fasting, paleo, keto, DASH, Mediterranean, and many more.
There are several factors you should consider when choosing the diet that is right for you, including:
– Food allergies
– Stress level
– Metabolic diseases
Every human functions differently, and you may find that some of these dietary approaches are compatible with your lifestyle while others will not. Where one person may feel incredible with high energy on a low-carb diet, another may struggle to complete their daily tasks. Additionally, some people may naturally function better when eating a lot of meat, while others feel refreshed on a plant-based diet. The most important factor to remember is to do what is best for you.
Using Human Intuition in Your Diet
Rather than following the diet your friend is doing, dare to eat intuitively. One of the best indicators of how well a diet is working for you is how you feel throughout the day. When trying different diets, you must take the time to reflect on your energy levels, mood, and concentration as you search for the best dietary approach for you. After all, to achieve the best results with your nutritional goals, your diet must be personalized.
A New Approach to Nutrition Coaching
The reason most dieting attempts fail is much less about the foods you eat and more about the mental framework you create in regard to your approach to diet. Through our Outrun Gravity Nutritional Coaching Program, we aim to guide clients as they discover which diet will help them feel and perform their best. Rather than writing a diet for you to follow meal by meal, we can help you train your intuition to learn which foods will help you reach your fitness and wellness goals through an individualized approach.
Our coaching platform can be as hands-on or distant as you’d prefer. We offer subscription plans, one-on-one coaching, self-guided programs, and online monthly membership. If you are interested in discovering the ideal individualized approach to your diet, check out OutrunGravity.com to register for a FREE consultation today.