What Diet Should I follow?
On the internet, in last years, it has been arguing over what diet is actually the best? Dietitons are against people who have decided to eat low-carbohydrate and stop consuming sugar. The carnivores don´ agree with vegans. Vegans don´t like vegetarians, and according to people followint IIFYM, everything is wrong and you could take some good tips from each diet. Other people hold different fasts and others claim that they have to eat every three hours.
What Is the Truth? What Should You Stand For in This Confusing Topic?
First of all, if you like the way you eat right now, you are physically and mentally comfortable, but you are thinking about changing just because you probably should, because someone wrote this on the internet, or your friend became a vegetarian and you feel weird when you eat meat (because of it and not because of yourself), so forget this idea immediately. As long as it's time.
The most important thing is how you feel, what your body is telling you, and not how your eating habits look on Instagram or before people in general.
However, if you feel physically or mentally ill, are often sick, have a hard time or feel you need to lose weight or gain weight, changing your diet is inevitable. So what are the options and what to choose?
If you are a organized freak and order lover, but at the same time want more freedom in eating, this nutritional direction is made for you. The abbreviation IIFYM stands for if it fit Your Macros.
If you are new to it and you have no idea what these macros are, then it's a colloquial expression for macronutrients - carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and more about it in this article.
The principle of the whole diet is that you calculate the daily limit for calories to eat on that day (or choose the weekly limit), determine the ratio of macronutrients, and write down whatever you eat in the table to keep track of.
The advantage of such a diet is that it may not be completely strict and you do not have to be so limited when you control your macros. If you know how to use common sense and know what to eat and how much to eat, do not mind having a cake or mum sirloin once in a while. But it is still important to take nutrients mainly from quality sources and not to build your diet only from substitutes and healthy-looking things that really don't give you anything
It is often stated that at least 80% of your diet should be full-value foods, and the remaining 20% can be used just for those not so good things.
If you say that if you get into the macros daily chocolate, donuts and in the evening you will have only a cucumber, which would mean 80% of food, which absolutely brings you nothing, it is not right, this IIFYM is not at all built, although many people mistakenly think so, and therefore condemn this nutritional direction
If you would like more information about this nutritional direction, you can find it here.
Low carbs high fats, sugarfree or real food. The food direction that has gained popularity in the Czech Republic in recent years. It is also one of the most condemned diets.
The principle of this eating is real food - that is, in particular, unprocessed food. The largest proportion of macronutrients in this respect is not carbohydrate, as is the case with IIFYM, but they are fats, proteins and then carbohydrates.
Many skeptics get the impression that carbohydrate levels in this diet are very low, for example around 20g of carbohydrates per day; Carbohydrates are largely taken from vegetables, nuts and sometimes good quality sourdough pastries, and less amount of rice and pasta is not a big deal either. It is important not to follow the recommendations of others, but to listen to the signals of one's own body, it knows best what it needs.
There are also rumors as to whether our body is able to function at all without sugar as such, whether it is beneficial to the body, because in this certain diet sugar is only consumed from fruit, except honey, but it is personal preference. However, the results of this diet show that it can, and health benefits such as improving the condition of chronic diseases, especially diabetes, are pointed out.
Vegetarians, Vegans, (Frutarianism)
Meatless eating is also a trend in recent years more and more, while some time ago society looked at a people who decided not to eat meat as a weirdo, today it is more common. People opt for these types of eating not only because of their interest in healthy nutrition, but often also for ethical and environmental reasons. Another reason may also be the interest in Eastern philosophical trends, but I am turning a bit.
A vegetarian is a person who has decided not to eat meat (including poultry and fish) and all the slaughter products (lard, cold cuts…), but still eats cheeses, milk, eggs and honey, as opposed to a vegan who excludes from his diet all products of animal origin.
An even higher level of this diet is frutarianism, which means that one only eats the fruits of plants to "not" kill the whole plant, therefore rejects grain, leafy and root vegetables.
As with LCHF eating, there is still a lot of speculation, study, and discussion about whether or not it is suitable for humans because people are by nature an herbivore. Someone just finds themselve in this and others can't work that way.
In these dietary directions, it is necessary to pay attention to increased supplementation and to replace what we naturally eat from the animal diet. The advantage is also that today there are huge possibilities and it is not difficult to get for example vegan protein.
Another hit of the internet in recent years, let's briefly tell you what it is all about.
In this respect, it is not so much what you eat, although the 80/20 rule should still apply to your health, but it is when you eat it. There are alternating windows when she eats and when she is "hungry" or extends the natural sleep window without food..
They can be 12/12 or 16/8 windows or you can starve for 36 hours. Some people, because of their psychological well-being and the natural revitalization of the organism, apply long-lasting fasts, but it is not for everyone and I do not recommend it for people who have recently struggled with eating disorders or emotional hunger
Certainly these are not all nutritional trends today, but they are the ones you can meet most often.
I want to point out that what fits one person does not necessarily suit the other. It is mainly psychological well-being, because if you force yourself into a certain diet by force, your body will not be satisfied anyway.
I also want to say that you are not trying to tell anyone that your diet is the best thing for everyone. It's the best - for you. For others, it can be a misery and it is great how many choices are today, so everyone should experiance on their own.
Written by Karol Čmielová.