There is no single diet that works for everyone the same. Some people love and do best with structure, measuring, being very careful and conscious on exactly how much they’re getting (macros/IIFYM). Some people don’t do well with grains in their diet, have limited cards, higher protein (Paleo). Some people don’t like meat and do well off a vegan or vegetarian diet. Some people are able to just stick to the 80/20 concept of making sure their diet is 80% clean and 20% “treat yo self” (this is more or less how I eat). Some people do well off Keto… some people try Keto and can’t stick to it because it doesn’t seem manageable for their lifestyle.
Bottom line is you have to figure out what best fits you, your body, your lifestyle, and your surroundings. If you’re cooking a completely separate meal than everyone else in your household, if you’re constantly surrounded, tempted, and overwhelmed by treats or foods in your house that others may be eating or treats at work that staff bring in and it’s breaking you as a human being to not have one every once in a while or … ever.. until you relapse and start binging, then it’s likely not the best diet for you. “Diets” won’t always be easy. But it shouldn’t be so difficult that every day is a struggle. For sure training your brain to think differently than you have been the last 20 – 30 + years of your life will not be done in 2 weeks, 3 weeks or even 6 weeks. Its a constant learning process. But it shouldn’t break you.
How to know if a diet is right for you:
- Do you physically and mentally feel good while on this diet? Are you happy? How’s your energy? Hunger levels? Are you losing hair (...this happens with people who’re malnourished)? Is your skin getting worse or better?
- Is your recovery after a workout good? Or are you sore, drained, and exhausted for days on end?
- Do you have energy throughout your workout? Throughout the day?
- Is it too hard to be around foods that aren’t on your menu ever? Or can you easily say no without feeling sad or disappointed.
These are all questions you have to think about when you’re trying to find something maintainable for life.