How to discover the perfect diet for you and why you won't find it in any diet book. I’ve learned that all dietary theories can be understood at a glance when you discover how they balance, source, or time, and sometimes cook macronutrients. Now why is that important? When you understand how dietary theories are created, you get to create your own diet. That’s right! You get to create your very own, unique, personal, customized, perfect diet. The one that works just for you. Now the REAL question is, how do you do that? Well, you do it by discovering your own optimal balance, source, and timing of macronutrients.
First, when we’re talking about diets and creating the perfect diet for you, the important place to start is in understanding the science behind WHY diets really don’t work. This is why you won't find your perfect diet in any article or book (this is important to understand). So, in a recent article from Dr. Mark Hyman, he’s a functional medicine doctor, and an author of many bestselling books including, Ultra-Metabolism and Ultra Wellness, he wrote an article called, “The Reasons Most Diets Fail”. What he said is, that the reason why diets backfire almost all the time, is because people restrict too much. And that is to say they allow the number of calories they consume to drop below their Resting Metabolic Rate. Now, what is a Resting Metabolic Rate? Well, a Resting Metabolic Rate, or RMR, is the basic amount of energy or calories needed to run your metabolism on any given day. This is how many calories you need to just exist. Like, if you were comatose and never lifted a finger, this is how many calories you need. And for the average person, your RMR is about 10X your weight in pounds.
Now, powerful genetic forces control our survival behavior. Our body’s weight control systems were designed to produce dozens of molecules that make us eat more and gain weight whenever we have the chance---- not to lose it! Because we’ve evolved over thousands of generations of food scarcity. That’s pretty much what we’ve known. We haven’t known all of this overabundance. So the genes and the molecules in us that control our eating behavior were shaped in the times where there was food scarcity. And that’s why if you eat fewer calories than you’re Resting Metabolic Weight, which is most diets mandate, then your body instantly perceives danger, and it turns on an alarm system that’s going to protect you from starvation, and it slows down your metabolism. As a consequence, your body goes into starvation mode, and it triggers the signal to eat. So you start eating and eating, and inevitably you stop the diet----and that’s the classic rebound weight gain scenario. To make matters worse, when you lose weight, only about half of what is lost is fat, and the rest is valuable metabolically active muscle! Yet, when someone regains the weight, it’s nearly completely fat. Oh…that’s interesting.
Now, here is something that’s important----muscle cells burn nearly 70X more calories than fat cells. So, if you, go on a diet and you lose muscle, but you regain the weight and it’s nearly completely fat, then what that means is that yo-yo dieting makes you lose a big part of your metabolic engine. We all know overweight people that say, ‘‘I don’t really eat that much, and I still can't lose weight,’’ and they’re not lying! Because when people go on diets over and over again, they’re, generally, making themselves fatter because each time they diet they lose all that fat-burning muscle. So if you’ve been through a number of diets like I have, and they failed, then your body has been through this process a number of times. Ultimately, since dieting makes you fat, what you want to get away from, we don’t want to be in the diet mentality any more. What we’re undertaking together, is a way of eating. Not a diet.
This is why I say that there is a perfect diet for you, there is a perfect way of eating for you, but you really won't find it in any diet book. And, the perfect diet is really just that, the way of eating that works best for you.