What’s the best diet?

I think every person involved in fitness or health care hears this question several times a week – What’s the best diet?

What the people who ask us this question want is a simple answer, or a confirmation from someone whose knowledge and experience they trust that what they’ve already chosen to do, the diet they’re currently following, is the right one.

The problem is only someone who is trying to sell you a diet book is going to have a simple answer for this question.

Anyone who has read over the research is going to basically come back with the same answer – there is no “best” diet. The best diet is the one you’ll stick with and that will help you, as an individual, be the healthiest, happiest version of you that you can be.

That’s not to say there are no crucial pieces of nutritional knowledge or truth people should be aware of, and Dr. Mike’s video does an exceptional job (in under 15 minutes) of handling them. Eating fewer processed foods, moving more and being conscious and aware of how the food you eat affects your body are all great pieces of advice.

Being comfortable and happy in your own skin is also hugely important. Helen Mirren recently remarked that she’s appalled by the level of physical conditioning expected of leading men in Hollywood today. She said they simply do not look normal, and added they are spending 4 to 5 hours per day in the gym in order to maintain that abnormality.

I’ve talked about it before, but I think it’s important to say this again – comparing yourself to others, especially people who are abnormal, is pointless. I will never look like Hugh Jackman with my shirt off. Pay me $4 million dollars to be in a super hero film and I will give it my best shot, but otherwise, no thanks. No one needs to be able to see how many blood vessels I have from space.

Your job on this planet is probably not looking like a comic book character or a super model. So quit setting that as your standard, please.

Now, if you do have fitness or health goals, by all means, pursue them. As Dr. Mike suggests, finding a support network to help you will increase your odds of success by a lot. My own journey to go from obese at 60 pounds overweight to fitter and healthier than I have ever been was only 50% solo effort. The other 50% was the result of my coach and my teammates who helped me stay on track, stay accountable and stay positive.

If you’ve got fit friends and family in your circle now, well, you’re halfway there. If you don’t, find them. I found mine through Beachbody. Yours might be at the local church or community center, or even Weight Watchers. Find the crew that you want to hang with though.

It really will make all the difference.

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