Is it the vegan diet? The caveman diet? The Atkins diet? The live-it diet? The smackercougarmeloncamp BS diet?
Ok, so what is the truth about diet? And why should you listen to me?
First and foremost I must clarify one important thing. I am by no means a fitness guru or do I believe that I am in a position to tell blindly what diet is best, what works and what does not. However, I know one thing for certain and that is we are all engineered differently despite us being made from the same genetic material.
So what does this mean Mr. Science you may ask? Ok, well this means that as humans we have evolved to react differently to different foods. For example: a bodybuilder or fitness model may want to adopt a diet of white fish and asparagus for 2 weeks before a competition to be ready when the time comes to get on stage. But what if that same competitor is allergic to fish? Or suffers gastrointestinal stress (inflammation in the gut) from asparagus and other green vegetables?
Another example are those who may adopt a vegan diet so as to follow in their far east Asian guru’s footsteps, who has been raised on a mainly vegan diet and so has his ancestors for the past few hundred years. Those individuals or groups may end up suffering from major nutrient deficiencies and issues such as erectile difficulties in men and decreased libido in women due to lack of meat proteins that promote the production of androgens in the body.
OK, so you get the picture. However, the question still stands: what do I eat and what diet works for me? The answer is: (drum roll)
There is actually no secret recipe that works for everyone. You will need to figure out what works out for your own particular body type. This is so much the case as there is just as much variation in nutrigenomics (the science of diet specific for your genetic make-up) between family members as there is between peoples of different ethnic backgrounds and geography.
That being established, I strongly suggest one starts with the following:
- A full blood work and full allergy test to determine for certain what foods one should stay away from completely.
- The second step is to become more in tune with your body and stay away from any foods that make you feel bloated, heavy, and lazy or even feeling down like junk food and pesticide-filled GMO foods. In addition, stick to the foods that make you feel good, energetic and alert; all in moderation of course.
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