What is the Perfect Diet for Humans?

Dieting is a huge topic in the fitness industry, mainly because there are so many types of diets. Vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, paleo, keto, and the list go on. With so many choices out there, no wonder people get confused on what works for them.

Diet simply means what you eat, it’s not something you go on its what you choose to consume daily. This includes your cheat meals, special occasions such as holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays. Whatever you eat is your diet.

I eat plant-base not for health reasons but solely because of my love from animals. Eating plant-base can lower your risks of diabetes, obesity, and heart diseases. Though this is true there are several other diets that can do the same. Though I am an advocate for plant-base dieting I understand not everyone has the desire to live a plant-base lifestyle. Whatever diet you choose you can still be unhealthy.

It’s about what you eat, for example if you are participating in a plant-base diet and you eat junk food, such as deserts, process vegan food items, sugary drinks, then you're going to be unhealthy. The perfect diet requires you to eat a balanced meal daily. Balanced meals include a variety of macro and micronutrients. Macronutrients are broken up into three categories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Protein is found in plants such as tofu, tempeh, beans, and in animal meat products such a fish, turkey, chicken, and beef. Carbohydrates are found in whole grains, fruits, potatoes, and rice. Fats are found in nuts oils, avocadoes, and eggs.

Micronutrients are your vitamins and minerals that you absorb from your food. Examples of micronutrients are Iron, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, B12, Copper, etc. You need a variety of Macro and Micronutrients to have a healthy body which is why there is no perfect diet. When choosing foods pick foods that contain macro and micronutrients. If you are constantly choosing foods that lack nutrients, then you will suffer from a deficiency which could lead to illness and diseases.

When deciding on your diet figure out what your body likes. Everlywell has a food sensitivity test that you can take to test your DNA to see what foods you are sensitive to. They also have a variety of other in-home tests you can take such as metabolism testing & hormone testing. Also if you feel like you have tried every diet, it might just mean you may or may not have a chemical imbalance, share this with your physician at your yearly checkup before trying another diet or giving up.

When starting a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to get discourage on which diet to choose because there are so many out there. Remember these three things when starting a diet, listen to your body and how it responds to food, there is no perfect diet so choose the one that makes sense, and whatever diet you choose eat a variety of macro and micronutrient rich foods. Talk to your physician if you are struggling with choosing the correct diet, him/her will be able to give your medical guidance and provide you with a dietitian.

David Katz MD has an excellent book called "How to Eat & The Truth About Food."

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