Fads & myths: Diets are flawed

13 October, 2018 Nutrition

Diets will always be a hot topic, so I like to remind you that it's just a fad. We will forever keep talking about diets as long as it keeps giving people the false hope of a quick and easy solution.

Diets are flawed. It encourages cutting out certain foods completely which doesn't give you a complete nutritional balance of variety, energy, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and antioxidants that our body needs.

Think of something to cut out and I’m sure someone has tried it. Carbohydrates, sugar, fats, protein, anything that's orange, anything that starts with the letter 'B'. I know, silly, right? Trust me, I'm sure someone is doing this.

I don’t like the word diet, because it suggests it's a short term stint. You cut out certain foods, it is difficult to maintain this way of eating for a long period of time. And when you do stop the diet, you will put back on the weight plus more.

The most effective method I’ve found from my many years being a Trainer is tracking your macronutrients. Tracking macronutrients is about tracking the number of grams of protein, carbs and fats you consume on a particular day. This method allows more flexibility with food choices and easily maintained long term. Also there is no guessing, it either fits your macros or it doesn’t.

If you want to know more, check out our video Tracking macros, the DIYPT way