What Diet Should You Be On?

June 12, 2015

I probably caught your attention with the title, huh? Hear me out.

I was thinking about this the other day. There are SO.MANY.DIFFERENT “diets”. I know people are always like “I hate the word diet” but to me, a diet is simply a way of eating. So, lets just say how you eat, or a way of eating.

You count macros? That’s a way of eating.

You’re paleo? That’s a way of eating.

You’re vegan? That’s a way of eating.

You eat only whole foods? That’s a way of eating.

Whatever you want to call it, the way you eat is a way of eating. The thing is, so many people get so hung up on what diet they should be on, for any reason.

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If someone has a goal in mind – whether it’s to get healthier, reduce the risk of diseases, lose fat, gain muscle, etc. – they immediately question what “diet” they should be on.

Then they start asking for help and everyone will give them every answer you can imagine, and shit just gets confusing. If you ask a vegan advice about what diet you should be on, they’ll tell you vegan. If you ask someone who is grain free or paleo what diet you should be on, they’ll tell you exactly that.

SO WHICH IS IT?

The thing is, different things work for different people.

The main thing to remember is – whatever diet you can stick to, is what diet you should be on.

Don’t force yourself to adhere to one diet just because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do, or what someone told you to do. Why? It’ll definitely backfire on you.

For example, lets say someone told you the only way to lose weight was to eat super low-carb/keto diet and no other way. Sure, you may be able to stick to it for a little while but then what? What if you feel like crap? What if you have NO energy? What if your cravings are out of control? More likely than not, you’ll feel way too restricted and end up just wanting ALL THE CARBS. It’s just human nature, and I’m sure this has happened to many people.

Bottom line – eat what you like, what makes you feel good, what keeps you sane, what you enjoy, and what you can be consistent with, what doesn’t make you feel restricted, and THAT is the diet you should be on.

 

 

19 Comments
    1. Brittany you have such positive body image and view of food. I aspire to be the same but it’s hard to make the change from 100% clean eating to something more balanced where I can have what I want when I want but in moderation and have it intuitively. I’m pretty sure that I’m not eating what’s right for my body because I am having health problems but I don’t know how to make the switch because change is scary and I want to stay lean so I don’t know where to start! Any help would be appreciated.

      Keep up your great posts I’m addicted!

      1. Hey girl! Sometimes being super lean isn’t healthy. I’m not sure what type of health problems you’re having, so it’s hard to help, but being flexible and balanced is SO important !

        1. It’s all a mental game and sometimes I feel like society is winning because even though I want to learn to eat intuitively and enjoy life and stop viewing food as good/bad!

          How did you get through it girl? You’re such a fighter!

          1. You just have to practice what you preach! You KNOW what you have to do, but it’s hard to actually do it. Everything takes time, but it also takes practice. Just go for it girl! Start eating things you don’t normally and you’ll see nothing bad happens when you do!

      1. I was just reading Cynthia’s post and can TOTALLY relate! Right now I am in the same transition and I think that is the important thing to remember. It is a TRANSITION and you don’t have to change everything all at once. For instance two small changes I have made have been just adding 1tsp of flavoured coffee creamer to my coffee and having crunchy almond butter instead of the raw smooth almond butter. Very small changes but each steps leads me to another. I think it just takes small steps and it isn’t all or nothing :).

    1. This is such a great post. I do believe you should be on a diet that works well for you. If the diet is fueling you appropriately then I think it’s a good personal diet for you. I feel like people get wrapped up in what works for other people versus what works for them.

      1. Amen! So many people compare and just get confused

    1. LOVE! I hate it when people talk about diets like they’re some temporary thing where the person does their time and goes back to eating whatever it is they were eating before they started. Nuh uh. A diet should be sustainable and long-term. It should make you feel good and not like you just can’t wait for it to be over. Basically… ditto to everything you said 🙂

      1. Yes! Sustainable and making you feel good is definitely the most important!

    1. Love it! It so frustrating when people constantly want to label how you eat. Technically I eat more vegan, but I also love eggs so I eat them as well! I don’t like labeling myself as vegan or vegetarian. I like saying I eat more plant-based foods, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for someone else. Everyone requires different needs and “diets” aren’t a one-size-fits-all kinda deal.

      Anyways, love reading your blog and enjoy the refreshing views you have. <3

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