Not everyone has the same nutritional needs or eat the same way. They are many different types of diets, unfortunately most people fall under the SAD Diet (Standard American Diet). The SAD diet lacks nutrients that our bodies need, and we are overloaded with chemically-altered foods that our bodies do not recognize. I specialize in educating others on nutrition and how you can make better decisions based on your needs, goals, likes/dislikes, and time. I do believe you can successfully do this with some flexibility, but it is important to integrate a better nutritional lifestyle. Our diet effects so many things; our weight, our moods, our energy level, basically how our body functions. We need to look at food as a means for our bodies to function normally while preventing disease. Below are examples of specific diets, not saying one is better than the other, it all really depends on which diet works best for you and that you can adhere.
Vegan -Someone who lives on a diet of grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegan does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish* or by-products of slaughter
Vegetarian – The practice of eating a diet consisting mainly or entirely of food that comes from plant sources such as grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.Vegetarian diets vary widely.
Paleo– Can refer either to the eating habits of humans during the Paleolithic era. Consistently mainly of meat, fish, fruit & vegetables. Excluding dairy, grains, and processed foods.
Gluten Free – A diet which avoids the protein gluten, which is found in barley, rye and wheat. It is a medical treatment for gluten-related disorders.
Ketogenic – A high-fat, low-carb diet, in which dietary and body fat is converted into energy.
GAPS – The GAPS diet is a comprehensive healing protocol developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a neurologist and nutritionist. Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS) is a condition, which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain.
SCD – A diet that aims to restrict the intake of complex carbohydrates such as found in grains and complex sugars.
When you add fitness to the equation, they are many ways that your diet can be used to complement your training. Below are just a few of them, depending on your goals. However, I do believe you can achieve amazing results by just making nutritional adjustments and changes to your current diet.
Types of Fitness Diet Programs Based on Goals:
Lean Muscle Mass Program (Bulk/Cut Phase) – Increasing of calories during a bulk phase (adding muscle mass) and lowing calories to lower body fat (cut phase). This is accomplished by changing up macro-nutrient distribution and adjusting calorie cunsumption.
Carbohydrate Cycling – Changing the amount of carbohydrates consumed based on your training schedule. Carbohydrates are needed to fuel workouts and replenish glycogen stores. This type of dieting method helps you lean muscle mass, while preventing additional fat stores that a bulking program would do.
Calories Cycling – A program designed to consistently change up calories consumed to prevent a weight loss plateau. Diets that are consistently low in calories will lower your metabolic rate. Cycling will help with fat loss and prevent a decrease in your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
Intermittent Fasting – Cycling between non-fasting and fasting as a method of calorie restriction.