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Ditching The “One Size Fits All” Diet

August 30, 2016 no comments operator Categories Blog, Healthy Living, Uncategorized

It seems every week there is a new fad diet that everyone is trying. We’ve discussed why diets in general don’t work, but there is another reason that outlined plans don’t work, even if they aren’t temporary. In this case, we are talking about diets as in outlined nutrition plans, not temporary weight loss plans. This includes Paleo, low carb, vegan, and many others.

What all of these nutrition plans have in common is that they are one size fits all. This means everyone follows the same guidelines, restrictions, etc. These plans often come with a list of off limit foods because they are considered uneasy to digest, unhealthy, or highly sensitive for most individuals.

We are all very different people, and we have very different bodies. Our digestive systems are different, the number of calories we need varies, and our food sensitives are unique. All of these nutrition plans make assumptions about the human body. They assume that we all have the same sensitivities, and that we should all restrict the same foods. Again, we have discussed why restrictions are a bad idea in other posts, but now we will discuss sensitivity based restrictions.

Let’s use the Paleo diet as an example. Paleo restricts dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol, and processed foods/sugar. It is assumed that our ancestors did not consume these things, and therefore our bodies are not designed to digest them properly. The problem is that some of these categories include very nutritions foods that you are restricting yourself from, just because the diet assumes that most individuals are unable to digest them.

It is important to create your own nutrition plan designed around your specific needs. We are all unique and following a preset guide won’t do us any good. Know your sensitivities, and know what your body can handle. If you have no problem consuming a certain food, there is no reason not to eat it. A dietitian can help you identify your sensitivities, and create an individualized plan.

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