Does the perfect diet for you exist? I say a firm YES.
This morning I did a check on Amazon and there were 172,464 diet books.
How on earth do you know which diet is right for you?
According to the Daily Mail, the average woman has tried 61 diets by the time she is 45.
Is this just interest in self-experimentation? I think there is more going on.
When I wrote my first book I will admit I needed to form some sort of a questionnaire so that people could decide whether it was right for them before taking the plunge and trying it.
The approach I talk about in the book still works for many people but I have become more and more interested in really tailoring diets to suit individuals.
You see, when a craze hits – people jump aboard and throw themselves into it before asking a very simple question “Is this diet right for ME”.
It might work for your best friend, your neighbour, your mother but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to be the perfect diet for you.
I believe that a diet is not something you follow for a week or a month. The perfect diet needs to be a blueprint for the rest of your life (with some tweaks along the way).
So if you are sitting comfortably lets find your perfect diet using a very simple process. You may want a pen and paper or notes on your computer.
Perfect Diet Question 1 Pick your biggest pain?
This will become your MOTIVATOR
Losing excess Body Fat Gaining muscle
Perfect Diet Question 2 Most successful diet you have tried?
For example – Atkins, vegan, whole 30, weight watchers etc.
Perfect Diet Question 3 What did you love about it?
Was it easy to follow? Did it fit in with your life? Did you see results? Which benefits did you notice?
Perfect Diet Question 4 What did you dislike about it?
Were there any side-effects? Did you manage to follow it every day? Did you get bored or uninspired? Were there enough resources out there?
Perfect Diet Question 5 What do you need to do to stick with it long-term?
This is your tweak list – If your list of ‘sticking requirements is more than 5 you may struggle!
So let me take you through my example:
- My biggest Pain was health.
- My Most Successful Diet was my original Six Pack Chick Diet.
- I loved that I didn’t feel hungry, my acne cleared up, I stopped getting infections, I had more energy during the week.
- I disliked the day after my treat day, I would eat sugar on treat day and then get a symptoms flare up the following day. I still got hypoglycemic symptoms after intense exercise.
- I tweaked it – I added a LOT more fat and reduced the protein. I got rid of the treat day and I started adding a 16:8 fast to it. Hence I now write about Keto diets and fasting.
Let me now give you one of my clients examples:
- Her biggest pain was low energy.
- Her most successful diet was Vegan.
- She loved that she lost weight, liked not having to cook meat, enjoyed growing her own vegetables (she gained a new hobby!).
- She disliked feeling low energy and found eating out quite limiting unless she found a vegan restaurant (but she lived in an isolated village.
- We tweaked it together – we added oily fish twice a week. We upped her fat intake and she rescued some ex-battery chickens which started laying eggs! She now eats an egg for breakfast with an avocado and tomatoes. Her energy levels soared.
I hope this makes sense – get that notepad out and start making notes. Really delve deeply into your dieting past and use those countless diets that you have tried, to your advantage. In those notes are your perfect blueprint for the perfect diet for YOU.
When shopping for a diet book on Amazon – read the reviews. Not the 5 star or 1 star. Shoot for the 4 star reviews and see what people say is lacking in the review. This is a huge help. Shop around and really become a detective!
Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions please ask!