Atkins, Vegan, Paleolithic, Ornish, Fire Engine 6, Mediterranean, Japanese, Juicing, all diet crazes you have no doubt seen pop up in your bookstore or TV screen at some point. Truthfully I struggled with whether or not I was going to write this post, because it summarizes the entire nutrition portion of my blog past and future and, well, I still want you guys to keep reading. But since my primary mission here is to enrich you all, and to show you how to get that body you so deeply desire, I have no choice but to spill the beans. All of the aforementioned diets work to some degree, depending on how you implement them, to control weight and optimize health. And the reason they all work is because they all share three simple tenants:
1. They Are Low in Sugar
I rarely go a post without mentioning this five letter word and this article is no exception. When I say sugar, I'm referring to the sweet stuff, known as fructose, which naturally occurs as sucrose (combination of fructose and glucose). The difference between natural cane sugar, the high fructose corn syrup you find in your Coke, or the sugar in your morning OJ is negligible. They are all bad. It is a harsh shot to your liver of carbohydrates that cause your insulin to spike, gets converted into fat, and leads to insulin resistance which leads to metabolic disorder. And it's addictive.
2. They are High In Fiber
A diet high in fiber means less of what you are consuming is actually being digested and stored as fat. Furthermore it means you are consuming more micronutrients that are essential for your health and proper cell function. You can read more about the wonders of fiber here.
3. They Rely on Either Fat or Carbs for Energy
Notice how almost all of these diets work and yet some rely on almost exclusively on fats while others rely on carbs for energy? Fat was vilified in the 80's and 90's for its link to heart disease. But naturally occurring fat in proper amounts is not a bad thing (if you see "partially hydrogenated on a label, run away!). Indeed, certain fats like omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for brain health and other functions. Similarly, simple, non-fructose, carbs don't necessarily promote insulin resistance and can be a part of a healthy diet. It's when you eat too much of either or both, and don't eat enough fiber alongside of it, that you get fat. If you have issues controlling these cravings, we have some vegetable extracts that can help you here.
So you want to know where you can find food that is low in sugar, high in fiber, and has the right amount of carbs and fat to fuel that power plant you call your body? Well, you can find it in real food. That's really the big secret of this whole thing. Get used to eating minimally processed, real whole foods and you will be well on your way to where you want to be.