The Only Diet You Should Follow

Paleo, keto, vegetarian, whole-30, vegan, intermittent fasting, and countless other fads float around as THE diet you should be doing to lose weight, gain muscle, and maintain health. While all of these strategies are a good way to structure the foundation of a diet, not one of them is the end-all-be-all answer everyone wants them to be.

I'm sure you've experienced it, or at least had a friend experience it. I'm talking about starting one of these fad diets, only to achieve sub-par results by the end of it and then regain every bit of weight lost merely 3 weeks after coming off. It can be disheartening to put all that hard work in day-in and day-out, essentially going through hell to achieve results, and then going right back to where you started. So, you're telling me there's no way to keep the results? Absolutely not! What I'm saying is that we're all going about diets wrong.

Understand this, diets are fundamentally wrong. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, diets are not something to be started with means to an end in a specific time frame. Now, that's not to say that you shouldn't set a goal to hit in 3 months. That's a great thing! The problem is setting that goal, then going back down the rabbit hole you just got out of.

Your diet should simply be what you eat. It's a dynamic thing that changes and develops over time as you see results, good or bad. The best diet, the one that will allow you to become healthier, is the one you can stick with. It's the one that provides you with energy and keeps you at optimal health while still allowing pleasure. It's the one that doesn't feel like "a diet." You need a diet that is enjoyable and simple.

This is never to say that there aren't sacrifices. Obviously most of us can't eat a whole pizza everyday and maintain a shredded physique. BUT maybe we can eat a slice or two if it fits within our nutritional needs. Diets must be sustainable; otherwise, what's the point? If you enjoyed it and got results, why wouldn't you stick with it? That's a win-win!

So what's the magic answer, Lucas? What's this magic diet that I will enjoy and get results? Well that's the million dollar question. The answer is everyone is different. The foods I eat effect me differently from the foods you eat and visa-versa. The way you figure it out is to actually pay attention. You have to know what you're eating and how much in order to make an assessment of your diet. You also have to stick with something for at least 2-3 weeks so you can see results. Then, you assess again, tweak what you need, and reassess, and retweak and so on. Inconsistency is unreliable.

My suggestion is to pick a fad diet. Yes, yes, I know I just slammed them all, but truth is they're fantastic for setting base, or a strategy, rather. Go from there. My strategy is intermittent fasting. That doesn't mean that I fast every day, and that doesn't mean that I get to eat junk food all the time. I do, however, get to be very flexible with what I eat. I enjoy it. I get results. It doesn't mean it will work for everyone but it might work for you! Give something a try. Give anything a try! Stay with it and adjust. That's how you'll find the diet you should be following.