One of the most common questions I get asked by women is what diet will best help them lose weight.
I admit there’s a lot of confusion out there, or to put it another way, conflicting advice. Do you go paleo? Gluten free? Vegan? Raw? Low carb? Low calorie? Foods with higher molecular propensity? Nothing coloured red, yellow and green?
The answer is there is no definitive answer. There are too many variables. Heritage, blood type, body composition, emotional wellbeing, food intolerances and of course, personal preferences, culture and lifestyle. There is no one size fits all. It all depends on the individual and what is going to work for them. What I can say is the diet that has years of scientific research and clinical evidence to support it, that can be implemented by most women to varying degrees, is the Australian Dietary Guidelines or the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
These dietary recommendations were developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Department of Health. A group of highly skilled, qualified and knowledgable medical professionals delivered (what I believe to be) a simple dietary plan at their clinical direction conducive not only for weight loss but also sound nutrition in people with common health conditions (please note, specific dietary advice for a medical condition is a completely separate matter and needs to be addressed by a Nutritionist or Dietician).
I like these guidelines. Why? For a few reasons:
- They are simple – virtually anyone can follow them, from children to adults and the elderly
- They are sustainable – cutting out food groups like dairy and grains might achieve rapid results but is not going to last, let’s be real here
- They are modifiable – you can mix things up a bit to suit your personal tastes, for example if you don’t like red meat that’s OK there are lots of other proteins to choose from
Going back to the question in order, let’s have a look at one of the principle recommendations in the Australian Dietary Guidelines:
To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs.”
I believe this, in conjunction with whatever eating plan suits the individual, is the best diet for weight loss. Nobody wants to starve to death or eat cabbage for breakfast, lunch and tea. Variety is certainly the spice of life so follow this guideline and find a methodology that works for you.