The word “diet” has been given a bad rap! Often, when someone uses that word, they are talking about making a short-term, sometimes extreme, change to their eating habits, but in reality, a “diet” isn’t short-term at all. Simply put, your “diet” is just the food that you eat. Whether good, bad, structured, flexible, whatever, if you eat it, its part of your diet. So if that’s the case, why are there so many different types of diets out there? Part of the reason for this, is because there are many different dietary habits that can have benefits, and many different reasons to choose to adopt those habits. On top of that, there is also a lot of information out there about nutrition, some of it, conflicting, and filtering through it to find what may be right for you can be challenging.
With so much information and so many diets out there, it’s no wonder people feel overwhelmed, and confused; in fact, one of the most common questions I get asked is “what do you think of _________ diet?” Keto, Paleo, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, intermittent fasting, low-carb, low-fat, etc. Any type of diet you can think of, there is someone who has questions about it and to be perfectly honest, I don’t have all the answers. Even as a nutrition professional, it can be challenging to stay on top of the latest information about the many different diets out there, so when a client is feeling confused, I completely understand! Despite not being able to be an expert in all different diets, there is one answer that I stand by when someone asks me if “diet ________ is right” for them, and that is, it depends. (more…)