Low Carb, High Carb, Atkins, Vegan or Mediterranean?
The Problem With Food Nowadays!!
A friend of mine wanted to get fitter and generally healthier. He is troubled by the increasing number of early mortality cases every year and believes that he could prevent it by being more active in life.
And so, he asked me whether I could help him plan a simple workout routine for him and that if I could accompany him along.
Which is a good thing. It starts with being aware and having a form of motivation to work towards a better lifestyle.
Though, for this case, that friend of mine is motivated by fear.
And I'm not judging him for that. We all have our own ways to do things.
The fact is, we all know there are many things in life that we have to do whether we like it or not.
Many of us continue to work at the same godforsaken place because we fear that finding a new job would be even more disastrous.
But, that is not what I am worried about.
One thing that really worries me is when he told me that he wants to cut down on meat because according to him meat causes gout and many other diseases.
As far as science is concerned, you can look up to any type of food in the world and you will be perplexed that all of the food we know of would somehow contribute to a particular type of disease.
And, if you ask any hardcore organic supplement consumer, they will stand by their opinions that the food we get from our suppliers are stripped off their nutrients and we are left with 20-30% of the actual food.
Thus, they will try to up-sell their supplements to us.
So, what are you going to eat next?
The thing is..
If it is working fine for you, then go on, but you should know that generally, our body needs a well-balanced diet to perform well.
And that includes all Macronutrients (Carbs, Fats, Proteins), Micronutrients (Vitamins and Minerals), Fiber, Water, Zoo, and Phytonutrients.
So, What IS the best diet we should follow?
My answer and most other nutritionist answers would be, "It doesn't matter as long as it is consistent, well-balanced and most importantly, it helps you to feel and BE healthier, stronger and sexier."
"The healthiest athlete and groups of people who live a long healthy life don't have a single nutrition philosophy" - Dr. John Berardi
If you take a look at how diverse we humans are and how different factors influence what we eat, you will notice that it is almost impossible for everyone in the world to stick to one diet philosophy.
Some are meat-eaters only. Some are vegetable eater only. Some are gluten-free while some are dairy-free.
There a lot of factors that affects our food decision including:
And so, the type of diet you are practicing right now might be good for your situation and living condition while others who have a different way of getting food on their table may be better off sticking to theirs.
You might wonder why would that be the best solution since your way provides you with the best health benefits isn't it?
The fact is, many people from indigenous community and native tribes strive on extreme conditions and are still able to live a healthy life with diets that are based on either high fat, high protein or low fat high carbs.
Let's just take a look at a few examples of people who are living in extreme conditions and yet they strive on diets that are entirely different from each other.
For example, the Arctic Inuit and African Masai eat traditional diets that are very high in fat and animal products with very few vegetables.
On the other hand, the Kitavans in the South Pacific eat traditional diets that are low in fat but very high in vegetables and starchy carbs.
And the Tokelau near New Zealand eats traditional diets that are very high in saturated fats.
That's quite a mind-boggling difference don't you think so?
How is that even possible when all this while we have heard countless times that high saturated fat causes heart diseases and that eating only vegetable without any meat might cause some nutritional deficiencies.
It all comes back to the how our body is able to adapt to our dietary habits.
Final say, we can all be healthy and fit no matter what our diet is whether we believe in high or low- carb diets, or whether we eat mostly fats or little fats.
In the end, we should all focus in what works and not what is right.
But, how do different types of diets work and how does our body adapt?
If you have these questions in your mind right now, then that's good. I have the same questions too.
If our body is able to adapt to all kinds of diet, then why do we still have dietary related diseases these days?
Why does our body fail to adapt to what we eat as our staple diet?
If you are interested to know more, you should stick around til next week as I am ending this article here for now.
In the next article, I will discuss more on the truth about all popular diets. Their pro's and con's, and who would benefit most from each of them.
is the main author and founder of The Lean Life.