There are so many diets out there... Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Low Carb, No Carb, Mediterranean, South Beach, Atkins, Ketogenic... Where does it all end? Does it even make a difference?
One of the most interesting things about trying to know what diet is right for you is that we all know someone who has had success on any one of the diets mentioned above.
Chances are you've met a Vegan who is in great shape. And chances are you've met a Vegan who is in NOT so great shape...
You've probably also met someone who LOVES Paleo... But you try it and you feel awful! What the heck?
So why does one diet work for one person but when you try it it doesn't work for you!
In this post I want to cut through all of the BS on why one particular diet is neither good nor bad and why all of this fighting and bickering over Paleo, not paleo, ketogenic, low carb, IIFYM dogma (yes, dogma... some people are more dedicated to their diet than their God... lol) is crazy and that it's really not all that different.
Why Diets work For Some But NOt All...
Diets are an interesting thing. People come from all different circumstances and backgrounds. Some have access to things like grassfed beef, organic and farm raised chickens who lay beautiful eggs that taste amazing...
And others are not so fortunate.
There are in fact even some towns where the grocery stores carry NO perishable foods!
That's right... NO Produce!
Are you kidding me? How are you supposed to eat healthy when you don't even have access to fresh vegetables and fruit.
But what if that person is you? That immediately cuts out paleo or vegan, right?
Or what if you can't find grass fed beef... Does that mean you can never eat paleo and that you'll never achieve optimal health?
Or what if you can't eat meat on certain days because of religious beliefs?
Or what if you are at a family outing and someone offers you a hot dog but just a few days ago you decided to "Go Vegan"?
Are you not allowed to have a social life ever again?
Finding The Line
I know there are some nutrition and diet die-hards out there who no matter what will find their way around a social setting and be just fine saying "No thanks" to their friend at the dinner party.
But what if you aren't that type of person?
Usually what happens is that you partake in the typical dinner food and suddenly "paleo" or "vegan" didn't work for you.
Has that happened to you?
Let Me Save You Some time...
Let me share something with you...
All of the diets work.
Yes... Paleo... Vegan... Keto... IIFYM.
Why do all of these work? Because the human body is an amazing, adaptable piece of creation.
What all of these "diets" have in common is that they make you more aware of what is going into your body. So regardless of whether or not you can afford or even find grass-fed meat, cage free organic eggs, maybe that's not the point.
The whole point is simply becoming more aware of what's going into your body which is what all of these diets help make you more aware.
Now Let's Take This One Step Further
Now, let's help give you the best shot at this. There are some of you out there who are determined to park your "nutrition philosophy" is one of the "camps" and that's fine. So let's point you in the right direction.
Based on your body type we can actually help you figure out the best route you'll have the most success with.
Chances are you've heard about the 3 body types: Endomorph, Mesomorph, and Ectomorph. Although you may fall within a few of these categories, typically you'll find yourself fitting mostly in just one category.
If you don't know what body type you are, that's okay. I have a free guide that you can download at the end of this so you figure out what body type you are, as well as what types of workouts your body type responds to the best so be sure to read all the way to the end of this post so you can access that information.
Typically the Ectomorph is the tall, skinny, high metabolism type body. These are typically your endurance runners, your cross country type athletes. These people are also usually always moving, fidgeting, and on the go.
We'll touch on workouts in the free download but for now, the ectomorph should focus on a higher carbohydrate type diet since they really need it since they are always moving.
Typically the macros for the Ectomorph should be close to 55% Carbohydrate, 25% protein, and 20% fat.
Diets that would work well:
Your typical mesomorph is built with a natural athletic type build. Mesomorphs have a natural tendency to put on muscle and mass and this is a definite advantage for them. A typical mesomorph has wide shoulders, broad chest and back, narrower at the waist, and athletic legs.
The typical macros for the mesomorph are 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein, 30% fat.
For the mesomorph the best diets are:
The endomorph is typically built with a wider waist, narrower shoulders, put on weight easier, and generally a little bit lower in energy. These are the people who say "I can just think about food and gain weight!"
This body type tends to be a little more carb sensitive so in this case our goal is to replace carbohydrates with fats and keep protein about the same.
Unfortunately most weight loss programs are geared towards this body type but many do it through low fat methods which is usually the fast track to increased cravings!
The macros for this body-type are recommended to be 60% fats, 25% protein, 15% carbs.
It may sound like a lot of fats but the increased fats will keep you more full and satiated.
I hope this post has helped you clarify which popular diets would be more beneficial to you and will hopefully save you some time when doing your research. As you can tell if you are an Ectomorph, you don't want to waste your time with low-carb. And also if you are an Endomorph, you don't want to spend your time with a low-fat diet!
Which of these 3 body types do you fall under? Comment below and feel free to share this post with your friends who might find value out of knowing which body-type they are!
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