Searching for the most comprehensive diet for myself and to pass onto my clients has proven to be a tough project, and one that has taken several years of trial and error to get right. The tricky bit comes from the rather extreme nature of all fashionable diets. In their title these fads claim to do something extraordinary, and always carry some obscure concept therein. Cabbage soup, detox, blood type, food combining, South Beach diet are all somewhat far fetched considering most people know exactly what is good and bad for them. The essence of diets is the capturing of the imagination, and inspiring people to follow something disciplined. Once you become disciplined, any diet will work, because they all prioritise water, low sugars and increased vegetables, of one type or another. Who knows, some people may even start exercising alongside their new regime, which is all good. The best diet model has to be sustainable, and few of the fad diets are that. In summary, footballers eat shed loads of carbs and protein, plus fruits and veg. Most of them eat whatever they like without gaining an ounce of weight. The bottom line is that the body can and will only optimise itself if its potential for exercise is realised, and you ask your body to perform the tasks it was designed for. In the absence of exercise, the human body will NEVER match the image we want for ourselves. Instead of using all our brain cells to engage ourselves in an active lifestyle, we use our brain cells to rationalise our appearance with excuses and blame. The line of least resistance is the line preferred, but ultimately, the line goes to a place we don't really like.
The most honest, open and real diet I stick to is the GI Diet. How quickly food turns to sugar in the blood has a drastic effect on our pancreas - through insulin release, fat storage, sugar cravings, mood swings, fatigue, and energy levels. That's the crux of it all. Its a vicious circle we get into with the first bowl of special K in the morning. Eat Sugary food: Sudden burst of energy: 20 minutes later: hungry, thirsty, mild headache, tired. Eat sweets, toffees, tea, coffee, anything to get me going. Its only 945am. What's going on? The cycle continues. Meanwhile, the body is shovelling excess sugar molecules out of the blood and into muscles, liver and fat cells, and then asking for more, urgently!
The GI diet is brutally honest in its analysis of the utter rubbish we eat, and offers a reasonable choice of what we can and can't eat. It is interesting to go food shopping for taste, and then to go food shopping once you've studied the GI Diet. The contents of your shopping basket will look completely different.
I enclose a link to a good GI guide. The page links off to other passages of information, but the page in question gives you a traffic light graphic containing the Green for Go Good foods, Yellow, medium foods, and Red NO GO foods. When you read it, apart from the odd surprise, it tells you exacty what your intuition thought. Sorry to bring packaging into the equation, but the more packaging wrapped around a product, the less nutrients, generally, the food contains. Forgetting your product lines for a moment, and concentrating on your own body, processed food cannot be processed by our bodies without repurcussions.