Bio-Individuality- Which Diet is Right?
The single most common question I’ve had from clients has been, “what diet should I be on?”
And if you’re like most of us, you’ve often tried to slog through the mire of all those choices: Adkins? Paleo? Vegan? Mediterranean? Lacto-ovo-pescatarian?
The fact of the matter is that no single diet can accommodate all people. There are a number of variables that determine what works for someone, and why it won’t work for others. Gender, age, activity level, genetic make-up, cultural patterns, health history, blood type… we’re all unique, so why should any one way of eating work for all of us?
This concept, what Joshua Rosenthal calls Bio-Individuality, means that we can take an active role in our well-being by choosing how, what, and when we eat.
You’ve no doubt heard glowing recommendations for certain diets, known people who have lost weight, improved their health, gained muscle, or increased their energy. But for every one proponent, there are many more who gained back weight quickly, didn’t lose any in the first place, got sick, or lacked energy. That’s because they’re different people!
My food needs are obviously very different from, say, a woman of Northern European descent who’s 20 years younger than me. Or an African-American man who’s 15 years older, or a recently immigrated woman from Papua-New Guinea.
Paying attention to the way you feel after eating certain foods, and then making minor changes, allows you to improve your personal diet, customizing it for your specific needs. Maybe you need to eat smaller meals 5-6 times a day, or increase the amount of protein you eat at breakfast, or cut down on your dairy intake. Only your body can know for sure!