I’ve written in the past about dieting on this blog. Don’t be scared of sugar. Quick fixes aren’t quick. I could probably write a lot with my dietitian cap on. But I thought I would write a little bit about my thoughts on diets and do I think they are worthwhile and even doable?
We are all on a diet, regardless of what are intentions are. Some of us eat whatever we want, others meticulously calculate macros, some of us are veggies and others are are carnivorous as a T. rex. We are all following a diet, even though for many of us there is no specific label.
>However so many of us start to follow very specific diets in the request for something; this maybe to lose weight, to be healthier, to avoid animal products or to help with discomfort or intolerances.
>For some people a specific diet is the key to functioning and holding down a relationship or job. For some of my adult metabolic patients, following a low protein diet is vital for the above and for some they feel, they have very little choice. I don’t have any issues with trying a new diet as long as:
– It is safe. There are some very restrictive diets that do the rounds. The Grapefruit diet for example which cuts so many foods and essential nutrients out. There would be a risk of malnutrition if you continued with this for an extended period. Even diets like veganism need research and organisation. With cutting out large groups of foods such as eggs, meat and dairy, followers need to ensure they get enough protein and essential nutrients like vitamin b12, iron and calcium from alternative sources or supplements, or there is risk of deficiencies.
– It is sustainable. There is no point starting a diet plan where it is so restrictive and unmanageable that you will fail. For example a very low carbohydrate diet, for some they can keep to this and are very successful, for others it is too much and they fail. This has been shown in recent studies too.
Diets can be successful if can be followed long-term. I’m sure we all know a child on a dairy free diet who was banished all their gut symptoms by following this. We are all likely to know someone who has managed to lose weight and maintain it with weight watchers or by starting a training plan at the gym.