failure of the one size fits all diet
Almost every nutrition expert, fad diet or even government recommendation
assumes its advice should be followed by everyone. This attitude
does not treat us an individual and as a result will fail the vast
majority of the people it is intended to help.
many different diets.
are hundreds of different diets on the market; Low fat, high fat,
low GI, complex carbs, food combining are just some of them. The
succession of fad diets seems endless and relentless. Each presenting
it's own merits and reasons why this diet will finally succeed.
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The succession of new diets every few months often with completely
contradictory information is very interesting. It is commonly seen
that two diets each present opposite recommendations yet both can
present compelling evidence in their favour.
many years we were told that low fat is the way to go and then the
Atkins diet arrives saying high fat is the route to take. Many followers
of both nutritional recommendations are seen touting their benefits.
Other diets say eat just twice a day while some say eating small
and often is the best method for health and weight loss.
The one common theme to all these diets is for a significant proportion
of people they do not work. Sometimes people comment that this diet
or that one used to work for them but not now.
is paralleled at a clinical nutritional level and in research studies.
Consultants find that they cannot get predictable results across
the board when using standard nutritional therapies. Research into
nutrients and supplements seem consistent only in how there will
always be a study that counters a point previously made by another
Different diets are needed for different
The evidence for the need for more than one diet to suit individual
requirements is both overwhelming and founded on pure commonsense.
On the outside, we all look different yet still have ears, nose
and eyes. It is illogical to assume internally we are all the same
and thus require the same diet. We all have the same organs, tissue
and enzymes but they vary greatly from one person to the next in
size, efficiency and concentration. This means our nutritional needs
Evidence of varied nutritional needs came from studies of indigenous
tribes around the world. Dr Weston A Price's research revealed how
the Eskimo people ate a diet almost exclusively of fat and protein
while certain tribes in South American were eating a diet of almost
these contradicting requirements both groups were in good health
and free from tooth decay, cancer and mental disease. This adaptation
to their environment is seen throughout the animal kingdom and is
central to Darwin's theory of evolution.
Japanese twin studies further enlightened the effects of nutrition
and genetics. The research saw one twin remain in Japan while the
other move to America. In later life the American based twin was
found to develop health complications and problems in comparison
to the twin who remained in their homeland and ate the traditional
food of their upbringing.
Different diets at different times.
It is also seen that the same diet does not work for people at different
times of their life. Often people report putting weight on even
though they have not really changed their diet. This is very commonly
seen by the way at 30-40 years old we store more fat than when we
were 25. This 'middle age' spread that develops points to how your
body may change in it's nutritional requirements
Finding out which diet is for you.
Through analyzing your body's style of functioning at a biochemical
level it is possible to determine what diet routine your body needs
at the moment. This can produce varying nutritional needs and may
result in opposite diets for two different people.
Your style of functioning at a biochemical level, called your metabolic
type, can change as a result of your eating patterns or as a
consequence of other events. Through checking your body chemistry
periodically and observing your health and your reactions to food
you will be able to adjust your diet to suit your body's changing
The science of personalized nutrition, metabolic
typing, has been developing over the last 30 years and has evolved
through research and analysis of over 60 000 people. Knowing your
metabolic type is the most fundamental aspect in obtaining good
health and maintaining ideal body weight. To discover this
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