Diet Flexibility Leads To Success
I believe that a balanced, flexible diet is the key to maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. To me, a flexible diet is one that incorporates adequate nutrients and calories for specific individuals, while also allowing treats and indulgences in moderation.
The nutritional value of food can be understood so foods aren’t either seen as good or bad because all food is composed of the same three macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. When deciding to lose weight, people often think that they should stay away from certain foods deemed as unhealthy, but restrictive diets used as quick fixes are only setting people up for failure. It is necessary for people to learn to nourish their bodies in a healthy, sustainable way.
Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too
People don’t have to completely cut foods out of their diet that are commonly viewed as unhealthy, like cake and pizza, when trying to be “healthier” or lose weight. Weight gain will only occur when a person eats in a caloric surplus; it doesn’t matter where the calories come from. By following a flexible diet, a person understands that two foods, one “healthy” and one “unhealthy,” can be substituted for each other without hindering weight loss or what other goals they have.
For example, in this article, Krissy Cagney describes how a few Oreos and an apple and peanut butter are comparable because they both contain similar amounts of carbohydrates and fats. It doesn’t go without saying though, that apples with peanut butter and Oreos are not exactly the same since apples supply the body with essential micronutrients, while Oreos do not. A flexible dieter knows that the Oreo should not always be chosen over the apple and peanut butter because vitamins and minerals are important for our bodies.
However, Layne Norton states that “if you get the same macronutrient breakdown at the end of the day, the metabolism and cells see the same thing.” If you enjoy eating sweets, there is no need to cut them from your diet when they can be enjoyed in moderation without jeopardizing health goals.