The best distillation of the REAL deal, cutting out the bullshit and contradictory stuff and the various extra complications:
All imo, too btw. Diet is like religion these days. You're free to practice whatever is best for you.
1)Calories count. Figure out your BMR and then set your calorie goals. If you want to lose weight, if you want to gain weight, if you want to maintain weight. Just get that number right.
2)The stuff that's REALLY bad for you is:
-refined sugar and refined grains.
-processed shit frankenfoods.
Avoid that stuff. It's not worth it for the damage it does.
3)The stuff that could be bad for you, but is less certain:
-grains in general
-legumes in general
-some people say saturated fats.
No consensus on this. Figure out whether these things bother you or not. Personally, they'll pry my coffee out of my cold dead hands.
4)The stuff that we're pretty sure is good for you:
-dense protein like meat, fish, eggs etc
-fresh vegetables, especially the fiberous greens. But veg in general.
-Omega 3s like olive oil, marine oils and fatty fish, avocados, olives, flaxseeds.
-lots of water.
5)What your dietary priorities should be to be healthy:
-80-90% of your diet should be good stuff. It's okay to have crap for the 20-10%. Michelle Obama eats corndogs or ice cream occasionally, and she's one very fit and healthy lady.
-Make sure you get enough protein for your body. A good rule of thumb is 1g x your goal weight.
-Fat is good, but you don't necessarily need to totally cut it out or have as much as the lower carb diets suggest. 20-30% of your calories from fat is pretty okay. You can go up to 50% if you want.
-Carbs are not evil. But your carb priorities should be: fresh fiberous veg-fresh fruit-starchy fresh veg-whole grains. And at the absolute bottom, processed refined crapola.
6)Eating every 4-6hrs is only a good idea if you're on a higher carb diet. Carbs mean you have to eat constantly. If you're on a higher fat-lower carb regime, you can fast easily for much longer. But I think in the end, this is a lifestyle issue. As long as you're 80% good stuff and your calories are in line, you'll be fine. Eat when you want to.
7)Exercise is good for you. Killing yourself with high impact cardio is not necessary. Fresh air and sunlight are good for a lot of reasons. Lifting is a pretty good idea for everyone, though you sure don't have to kill yourself on an intense regiment there, either. Any kind of exercise is better than no exercise. The most important thing is to do something you enjoy.
8)Happiness matters. Unhappy people don't stick to their diets.. because duh, their diet isn't something they like. Pick a diet you like. Suffering and being deprived and miserable is not necessary or productive to being healthy.
9)Ignore the shit in the newspaper.
Most of these studies are wildly spun by the media. It's noise. Ignore it. If you really want to know, look up the actual study.
10)Sleep. Don't think that 'oh, I only need 4hrs.' Yeah, the amount of people who don't need 7-8hrs are less than 0.01% of the population. But I think people can get away with it more while in their teens and twenties. I did all kinds of stupid all-nighters when I was 21. But I stopped being able to do that by the time I hit 30. Now, if I don't get my 7hrs at least, I feel tired, cranky as hell, fog-brained and out of joint with my meals all day. Sleep is essential. It's hard to work out well with insufficient sleep, too.
That's about it.
Last edited by CandylandCanary; 08-27-2011 at 08:19 PM.
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