The Problem With Diets
The main problem with all diets is that they tend to be highly restrictive and, therefore, unsustainable.
Only drinking smoothies, or just eating soup, or eating less than 1000 calories per day?
Following such diets is very hard on the body, leads to hunger, and often results in a rebound in weight once normal eating resumes.
Is There a Better Way?
Personally, I think it’s better to avoid any time-restricted diet.
The simple reason why is that you shouldn’t want to be healthier for only a limited time.
To live and eat more healthily requires a long-term lifestyle change and an appealing, satiating way of eating that you enjoy.
One that you will be happy to follow 3 or 4 years later – an eating regime where you are not desperately waiting to reach the “finish” date.
Whether that’s a lower carb diet, a “balanced” diet, or even a plant-based diet (for vegans) is an individual choice for everyone.
What Should the Focus Be?
No matter which way of eating you decide to follow, the most important thing is to choose nutrient-dense food options.
These are the foods that offer you the most nutrition for your calories.
For animal foods; think in terms of organ meats, shellfish, red meat, and eggs.
Regarding plant-based foods; spinach, avocados, beet greens and cocoa are some of the most nutrient-rich foods around.
Lastly, choosing foods such as these are naturally more satiating – meaning you’ll likely be satisfied eating them.