HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT WAS THE BEST DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT OR FAT? 

Have you ever wondered what was the best diet to lose weight or fat?  I got you covered on today.  Just in case you didn’t know this about me, I have a Bachelors in Exercise Science and Masters in Exercise Physiology.  Basically, I have a passion for wellness, eating a healthy plant-based diet, and doing these things the holistic way.  I love fitness & wellness but I’m sure you already knew that part about me.  As you know, there are so many diets out there in the world.  For instance, there is Keto, Paleo, high carb, low carb, and so many more.  

Usually, I get asked a lot about which diet is the best one to lose weight and fat.  Do you want to know my answer?  My answer is the best diet will be the one that you stick with. Yes, you read that correctly.  Although, there ISN’T one way to lose weight and here’s why I know this: In college, we evaluated a study (Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates) that showed different diet therapies over the course of two years.  The research showed that NO diet was better than the other one at helping participants to lose weight. The only difference was that it was at various rates than each other.  

Now, there are some things you must do after you choose which diet you want to pursue.  

-DO NOT CHOOSE A DIET BECAUSE YOU WANT A QUICK WEIGHT LOSS

I’ve noticed that people who lose weight quickly tend to gain MORE weight back faster.  You have to choose something that you will make a part of your lifestyle.  Do not choose a quick fix diet.  It doesn’t work!

-ASK YOURSELF WHAT DO YOU ENJOY EATING?

So then, you have to consider your body.  There are people who genuinely don’t like the taste of meat.  So, it will be FAR EASIER for THEM to become vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian.  If you love meat, don’t force yourself on a diet that restricts it completely. Instead, consider eating it 2-3 times during your week. I love carbs so it wouldn’t be smart for me to choose a keto diet. Instead, I focus on eating fewer carbs and leafier green veggies.

“Here is a tip when thinking about how you should eat:  Whatever you choose, make sure you are eating MORE plant than anything.”

I know you probably don’t want to hear that but it is true.  There are some vegans who are not healthy.  You can be vegan and STILL eat a lot of vegan sweets and treats.   The word “diet” does not mean healthy.  Diet is defined as “the pattern in which you consume food ”. It is not the same as being healthy and so many people get that wrong.  

“The reason why I chose a more plant-based diet because it is healthier for me.  It is healtheir for my teeth, gut, and hormones.  It is healthy for the longevity of my life because I want to live a long strong life”

Although I am not a vegan or vegetarian, I will ALWAYS rank eating plant-based at the top of my list before eating meat.  I do have some tips for you if switching to a plant-based diet is on your radar.  Honestly, I STRONGLY suggest everyone consider it.  

-TAKE AN INVENTORY OF WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW 

Over the course of 7 days, write down what you are eating.  Please don’t “try” to eat healthy because you are starting to track it now.  Be honest about your daily eating habits.  By tracking your food, you can take a step back to see what you can take away or add to your diet.  If you don’t want to track the next 7 days, do a recall of the PAST 3 days (today, yesterday, and the day before that).  You can’t lie or adjust those past three days!! That will give you a truer representation of how you are eating. 

-WALK YOURSELF THROUGH THIS PROCESS 

During this stage, you will see what is NOT in your diet and what you need to do better on.  Now, I do not recommend doing the 7-day food log or 3-day recall and going really extreme about shifting to eating a plant-based diet.  It could possibly lead to something I have coined “the withering away effect.”  For example, you know how people will throw away all of the unhealthy food in the kitchen at the top of the year to finally get “healthy”.  

Then, they will go back to the store to buy the same food after one week.  It is better to start slowly and add one thing at a time.  This way, your body will have some time to adjust to its new rhythm. If it takes a few weeks or a month, that is PERFECTLY fine.  Remember, don’t add a new thing until you are consistent (4-7 x/week) at the first thing you added to your diet.

-SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS

I had a problem of feeling overwhelmed about how to incorporate all these different healthy foods into my diet without feeling bored and frustrated.  If you have a bunch of healthy food and no direction on how to cook it well, you will give up or head to a restaurant to find some food.  The best thing that has worked for me is my partnership with PURPLE CARROT !! Purple Carrot has been a part of my life since last year and it is a plant-based food subscription service.  It is literally life-changing, fun, and makes my plant-based diet ENJOYABLE!! It comes with the recipe on a card, all of the ingredients, and it doesn’t make you miss the meat. ⇐ Yes, you read that correctly! 

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The best thing you can do for your diet is to become more plant-based.  Yes, you can still eat meat.  No, you don’t have to force yourself to be vegan.  However, once you start adding more fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices then you will start seeing the results.  Plus, you will start FEELING better.  It is time to start taking care of our bodies and sustaining our lives.  We don’t have to grow old AND get sick.  I want us to be 75 and FINE!! Don’t worry about losing weight quickly. Take it slow and adjust to a healthy lifestyle.

If you need more help and guidance, I have some wellness programs that you can check out.  I do incorporate wellness and faith together because it is extremely important to me.  If you’re interested, check out my free online member community You can get access to fitness, nutrition, and faith challenges.

“You don’t have to get older and sicker.  You can age gracefully and healthily.”