Are there “good foods” and “bad foods”?

Should I eat “low carb” or “low fat” or both?

Is (Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, Zone, Whole 30) right for me?

How many (calories, carbs, protein, fats) should I be eating?

My answer to all of the above is always going to be…

It Depends.

This quote from Harrington Emerson sums it up best:

““As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

You see the myriad of “diet plans” are methods. I would submit that for the most part the principles they follow very closely align, particularly;

A way to reduce/control calories to achieve weight loss.

Because when it comes down to it at a base level, this is the only thing that really matters. For my body, at this time in my life, under the circumstances I am currently living in (job, stress, sleep, etc.), how much should I be eating in order to support weight loss and optimal health?

This is where things get more nuanced.

Not all of us live the same lifestyle, have the same schedule, work the same kind of job, and live with the same stress.

So how do you know if a particular method is going to work for you?

Like the famous slogan says, you just gotta do it.

Find a plan, follow the plan, evaluate if it’s right for you.

If you have been a client or following us for very long, you know we preach nutrition. Our eating at home and what we’d like you to do is designed with some fundamental principles in mind:

  1. Awareness/Control of energy balance (calories) in order to lose body fat (or maintain).
  2. Meal plans that are nutritionally sound.
  3. Great tasting food and recipes
  4. Accountability and support for ourselves.

These principles are what will give you what you need to reach your goals.

Doing it alone is hard. Doing it with someone makes getting through the hard times easier. It’s nice when you know someone has your back. If you are like me and need some help in planning jump into our Cr8 Your Plate Club. It’s done for you. We take all the guesswork out of what food is going to help you shed unwanted pounds with done-for-you meal plans, recipe guides, and shopping lists. Check it out here.

Whether you join us or not, you need to find a healthy way to eat that is pulling your towards your goal. Then stick with it.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

 

About the Author: Nancy Carlson