Written by Kellyn Czajkowski

Plans that dictate what you should eat, how you should prepare it and when you should eat it can be exhausting. There are an innumerable amount of theories on which plan works best. The truth is there is no universal ‘best diet plan’ for everyone.

  1. Individual metabolismbest diet plan 2

Depending on factors including height, weight, body composition and activity level, metabolic profiles can vary a lot. Therefore, the number of calories each person consumes is a very individual number. It cannot be assumed that two people both weighing 200 pounds will require the same number of calories.

Another factor influencing metabolism is efficiency of digestive systems. Some individuals may lack certain enzymes that require them to have different foods. For example, someone who is lactose intolerant may avoid dairy or have lactase-fortified products.

  1. Preferences

A diet should always contain foods you enjoy eating. If you do not like the food you’re eating, how will you sustain that lifestyle for the rest of your life? For example, one fad diet is the “raw foods” diet. If I do not enjoy eating raw vegetables, I am not going to stick to that diet. For some people who truly enjoy and prefer to eat raw foods, they find a way to make that lifestyle sustainable. However, not everyone has the time or patience for the planning required to prepare all the produce necessary for the raw foods meal plan.

  1. Reasonabilitybest diet plan 3

The majority of diet plans have some sort of restriction: no carbs, no fats, no bread, no sweets, no grains, etc. Making realistic and sustainable changes to your diet will not come from unreasonable restrictions. Your diet plan should allow you to eat the foods you want as well while getting all the six essential nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, protein, water, vitamins and minerals.

This is not to say that a paleo or vegan diet will not work for you. It certainly might, but it will not work for everyone. The most sustainable way to go about dieting is to develop a sense of portion control while incorporating foods that are high in nutrient value. Choosing a lower fat dairy product can be beneficial by lowering calorie intake. Choosing whole grains instead of refined will increase nutrient and fiber intake. These small choices can add up to big changes.

The key to a change of lifestyle is starting small. Starting with portion control is a great way to delve into a healthier diet. From there, make one change at a time. One might incorporate more vegetables, then switch half their grain choices to whole grain products and then choose leaner protein sources. Making all these changes at once is overwhelming for anyone and is a good reason for why many of these drastic fad diet plans fail.

The Camp Shane Team


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