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The Complexity of Choosing a Nutritional Plan

There are proven theories that we do not need to eat consistently throughout the day.

There is some ancestral heritage linked to this, still flowing through our DNA. These theories confidently state that simply listening to your body when a top-up is needed is all what’s needed. This relates to mindfully connecting the dots by adding regular breaks to your food intake. It makes sense to some when taking this routine as the sustainable basis into one’s lifestyle.

These are the ingredients connected to so-called IF (intermittent fasting). It is one of the few takes on how strategically adding nutrients into your system. It has been a highly effective way to drop down those unwanted kilos.

Bouts of scepticism are coming out of another nutrition corner. Eating 5-6 (small) meals daily to keep metabolism purring like a little kitten is their key for their nutritional approach. It is something that will, too, continue gaining supporters and followers and seen as the ideal path to weight loss. 

And in the middle, there are purveyors of following a strict diet plan.

Trying to adhere to daily prescriptions entering into one’s email, or in a mobile app, of what’s on the menu for the next day. Let’s just give it a fancy name (like the name of the guru and his/her magic formula), link it to what’s allowed in macronutrient abundance and personally adapt to this plan for the coming weeks.

And there are culinary trajectories that just permanently cross off anything truly ‘bad” and add this as your future failure tool to lose weight. I collate this under this paragraph without going into detail.

These are the roughly three methods by which nutritional planning evolve. Some take a slight deviation of one strategy, adding a bit of the other and mix it up. A nutritional plan is never a culinary straight line. We always take a bit of this, a pinch of that, and make it our own.

Sure, we all can’t back up the same theory. We are all individuals with our caloric preferences, encounters of the food kind, and valuing the cultural aspect of eating as the springboard for our gastronomical choices.

If you look closely at these described diet formulas at first, they all come with an amount of complexity. This largely depends on your current habits, your preferences, and how you have tried, succeeded and/or failed miserably trying out one of these visions. I have done my fair share of reading about this.

And to date, numerous weight loss plans suggest conflicting messages and inaccuracies when taking nutritional planning under the loop.

What we knew 30 years ago has changed 720 degrees in the last decade. We definitely will see more peer-reviewed papers about the effects of macronutrients, hormones, and deep health aspects. I feel that these new findings will become entwined with what we want to coach in the years to come. 

Some old school practitioners still swear by one method to date and reject any adjustments suggested. They stand firm that their records have proven that it still works without considering that what we buy in the supermarket may not be the same before they entered into your household.

Or how we sleep these days (just think what the word “midnight” actually means when holding on to an 11.30 pm bed time routine). Or look how our modern society is adding an incremental amount of triggers on the road, on television and on our mobile just to get us eating more. Just don’t expect changes coming anytime soon when following the same footsteps and never see results surfacing.

But if it shows your desired results, then go for it!

Complexity in abundance arises like a phoenix from the flames.

What we do know about good nutrition is that it continues to evolve. The complexity of new findings does not make it easier to opt for diet “A”, intermittent fasting method “B”, or fuelling method “C”. Choosing a nutritional plan what suits your lifestyle is almost a given.

Many of us are sucked into a vortex of what numerous fashionistas tell us on the socials. Today, it is fairly normal to be drawn into the flourishing lifestyle of the rich and famous who openly show their specific dietary road, marketed skilfully. Many believe that they know what they eat is good nutrition because someone with a name says so.

Too often, we base our conclusions on what we think we know but forget that your body may not be aligned with one of these dietary methods. Allergies, intolerances, preferences of any kind, your financial situation, and previous experiences all play a role in making sound choices. 

A plan that captures your nutritional needs and choosing habits that revolve around this.

Sounds simple?

It is!

When you have a goal in your mind – and this revolves primarily around weight loss – we tend to follow what we think we know, what we believe may have a chance of success, and how we can incorporate this sustainably. We tend to rely on self-knowledge, going solo because nutritional choices aren’t that difficult? Then why do so many fail and continue yo-yoing like a bungee cord? And ignore signs of a frailing health?

It’s in my genes” is often what the answer is – without any solidified medical record to proof this.

Part of my assessment is seeing what people have done to shed some excess. I look at what they tried before yet failed/did not continue for xx reasons. I listen carefully to their efforts of what they did to thrive again when choosing one type of nutritional plan.

With months of studying under my belt, hours of reading and podcasts recorded on my iPad, it is this knowledge gap of what their definition of “right” or “wrong”, “succeeded” and “failed” is. This intrigues me the most. 

It shows that a right power is knowledge (it is one of ‘the’ powers). 

Assumptions or faith in what one thinks is good nutrition, and the right one for my clients, affirms my “why”. Why I entered this fascinating science and what I have soaked up, noted down, and saved since 2018. I invest time and money in not further pursuing the nutritional truth – but the truth that works best for you.

Opting to mould this in a coaching format just makes it so much more worthwhile. It affirms my belief of how much there is on the internet that may not suit your goal.

For sure, I will take my own experience in weight loss into consideration when we team up. We will find common grounds for you to thrive. But this is not a one-way street – I will make adjustments and suggestions when you add something you won’t give up. 

It’s all about teamwork to take out the complexity of choosing a nutritional plan.

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity | Douglas Horton

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