So I met you at the Fit Blog NYC event and I was thrilled to finally meet you in person. Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me. You are every bit as cool as I imagined you’d be! J And not so angry!
I heard the conversation that you had with the nutritionist (she was a speaker) and while I followed everything you both said – I’m confused!
I’ve been following you for some time and I know you’ve tried fasting, the Paleo plan and a Ketogenic diet. So? Which is good? Which should I try? It seems like they all worked well for you. I want to lose some body fat and don’t which plan to try.
Thanks so much for the compliments and I had an awesome time at that event. For those not in the know, this week I attended a Fitness Blogger event in Manhattan sponsored by Reebok and hosted by Fitness Magazine. Let me just say, being one of 3 men in a sea of about a hundred women was… interesting.
Okay so onto the diet. I was chatting with Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD and founder of the F Factor diet program. I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear Tanya and fellow panelist Keri Gans give out some real, useful and on point tips for a healthy diet. And for the most part I agree with most of what they said.
Where I differentiate in my suggestions is that I’m not a big fan of bread products. I know people love them and so do I, but in my opinion they’re garbage food with minimal nutrition, usually loaded in calories and personally I’d rather spend my calories on vegetables and natural foods. That’s just my opinion. Tanya and I also discussed my Intermittent Fasting plan, the Paleo diet and lastly the Ketogenic plan. She was okay with everything except the Ketogenic plan as she believes it can lead to serious health issues. I kind of agree and it’s definitely NOT for everyone and shouldn’t be used long term. But we did whole-heartedly agree on which plan is best for most people. You ready….
The best diet is the one you stick to! There’s no use starting a new way of eating if it isn’t sustainable or it’s unrealistic to maintain. The truth is that while all diets can work, each one has pros and cons and almost all will be lacking in something. The key is finding which plan works for you long term and brings the results, health, fitness and weight loss, that you’re looking for. And the other HUGE aspect of any successful eating regimen boils down to one thing and one thing only – PORTION CONTROL. That’s right, it’s just that simple and it’s also one reason why nearly every diet plans works – they require you to adjust your portion size and in most cases eat less than you were.
I’ve had great success with almost all diets that I’ve tried but I’m meticulous – I follow them to a T and I almost always log my daily calories. Sure, one diet may seem to speed up fat loss faster, or maybe I have a bit more energy with another plan, but at the end of the day I have to go back to what I always say – a healthy eating plan is not arguable.
Personally what I’ve found to work the best, by far, is the Intermittent Fasting plan. And I told Tanya so. For me, eating between 11 – 7 or 8 everyday, working out in a fasted state (yes, weightlifting too), and eating tons of veggies, low fat foods (essential fish, olive oil and nuts) and portion appropriate lean proteins. I say portion appropriate because I think we tend to ove eat our proteins and honestly it does us no good. And I only occasionally eat fruit and sugars of any sort – unless it’s a cheat day then game on! I shoot for 4 meals per day and I always drink a protein shake right after my workout. That’s my diet Kate! Tons of various veggies, I mean bowl-fulls (so a lot of fiber), chicken, fish, turkey and occasional red meat, lots of water and not much else. It works for me. Now you have to find what works for YOU. I hope that helps.
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