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February 19, 2020

What's the Best Diet?

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Paleo, Mediterreanean, Keto, Atkins, Nutrisystem, Vegan, Gluten Free, Intermittent Fasting, Whole30 … The list goes on! 

The honest truth? There is no “best” diet. 

The best diet is one that works for you and where you are at on your nutrition journey, one that fits your beliefs and makes you FEEL good - all while maintaining overall health and this can evolve over time! 

The “Best Diet” is one that:

  • Matches a person’s unique physical make-up
  • includes foods they enjoy enough to follow consistently - notice the term consistently, all outcome is based on that!
  • is realistic for them in terms of life (time, ability, willingness) and budget.

The most effective nutrition programs are more similar than different. When done properly, Paleo diets, plant-based diets, high carb diets, low carb diets, eating small meals frequently, eating larger meals infrequently, etc. - all accomplish the following:

1. They raise nutrition awareness and attention.

By simply paying better attention to what you are eating is a key factor in whether you’ll start to lose fat, get lean, and improve your health. 

Using an app like Fooducate, can really help you with selecting better foods and being nutritionally aware! Being mindful of your daily sugar and sweet intake can reduce your overall calorie intake and risk for diseases. Adding additional servings of fruits and veggies to your diet may help too! 

2. They focus on food quality.

Pretty much every diet recommends eating whole, minimally processed, nutrient-rich foods. And that may be one of the most important nutrition interventions of all, regardless of the protein, carb, and fat breakdowns.

How about the “Fitness in 100 words” by Greg Glassman - Founder of Crossfit? Sound similar?! It’s pretty close! Check out this same poster on the wall at Like Water!

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3. They help eliminate nutrient deficiencies.

A properly designed diet of any kind eliminates some of the most common nutrient deficiencies - like water, vitamins and minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids

4. They help control appetite and food intake.

When we’re more aware of what we’re eating, choose more satisfying, higher quality foods, and eliminate nutrient deficiencies, we almost always end up eating less total food. We feel more satisfied. 

5. They promote regular exercise.

When people start paying attention to their eating, they usually start thinking about physical activity too.

So, whatever diet you choose -- whatever is working best for you, is most important! As long as it is sustainable, consistent and properly designed! You can’t outwork a BAD DIET!

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Like Water Crossfit has programs to help you with Nutrition and Exercise! 

Crossfit classes are a varied set of functional movements to help you get in shape quickly and efficiently, all while adapting to your current abilities! 

Have questions about our programs? Feel free to reach out! 

Check out the store for more information!

And look for more information releasing soon about our next Excel Nutrition class starting in March!


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