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There’s So Many Diets and Fads – Which One Works?

Before we start the article – we’ll start by saying that not every diet works and you shouldn’t follow every fad. Some work, some don’t. Research is key. The stranger the diet, the less likely it is to work. There was a fad a few years ago where people ate baby food because they thought it was a good diet. That one was fuelled by celebrities – definitely people to ignore.

Understanding Your Body’s Needs

But with so much information out there, which is the best to follow? There’s no right or wrong answer. Instead, there’s information you can use. Read on to find out more. 

Before you pick a diet, understand your body’s needs. You’ll soon learn there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.

It’s the same as individual skin types that need tailored skincare routines; your body has unique nutritional needs. Factors like genetics, lifestyle, and health conditions play a significant role in determining which diet might work best for you. 

And no, we promise your body doesn’t need a Big Mac a day to keep the doctor away. Or is it an apple a day? Potato, potato. 

The Science vs. The Hype

You must know the difference between diets backed by scientific research and those driven by hype. And whatever you do, don’t pick a diet the celebrities follow – it’s definitely not sustainable. They have their private chefs and Kardashian salad bowls on tap.

We’d recommend, before starting any diet or fad, to understand the science. If you want a keto diet, understand how it works. If you want the carnivore-only diet, understand what cutting nutrients from fruits and vegetables will do for you. If you want an anti-wrinkle treatment, understand what works. You should be following science, but not everyone does. 

The Role of Physical Activity

Any expert will tell you that diet won’t help everything. You must exercise alongside it. And don’t worry, exercise doesn’t mean going to the gym or running. It can be a fun fitness class, a daily walk, or yoga. Experts will tell you to do 10,000 steps, but that’s not always possible, and it’s definitely not essential. 

Combining a sensible eating plan with regular exercise, you will see some results – even if those results are more energy or happiness.

Listening to Your Body

Sometimes, you don’t need to listen to all the different opinions. If you do, you’ll notice they all argue against each other. Keto is the best, Paleo is the best, plant-based is the best, and it’s never-ending.

Ultimately, the best diet for you should make you feel good physically and mentally. If you love eating a 16oz Ribeye at Miller and Carter, why go plant-based? Some studies support the carnivore diet, and some people follow the carnivore diet strictly. 

Still, we’re not advocating that you eat tacos and drink margaritas each day (although that would be nice, wouldn’t it?) – everything in moderation. 

Don’t get bogged down with the ins and outs of dieting. Pick your favourite one, one that works for you, and follow it. But don’t be too strict. If you follow the keto diet and have a day of carb-loading on pasta and bread – don’t feel guilty. As long as you’re not following the processed food diet, you should be good. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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