These days there are so many fad diets around. With the Ketogenic, intermittent fasting and CSIRO: classic calorie restrictive diet it can be difficult to know what the best “diet” is or if we should even be following a strict diet at all.

You may have noticed as a part of MD Health’s Club Offer promotional sessions over the last couple months, we have introduced our potential new product line – nutritional information sessions.

Some of our clientele have taken advantage of these sessions to gather an insight of what this information session entails and to look for some nutritional advice to implement on top of their regular exercise regime to optimise results. One of the most frequent discoveries we have found is that majority of our clients have been guilty of trying some form of a FAD diet. Whether this being the KETO diet for example, intermittent fasting or CSIRO: classic calorie restrictive diet. This month we’ve decided to dig a little deeper and investigate through current research what the pros and cons are to all these options.

Table below is a comparison across the most common familiar FAD diets currently known, and how it affects individual at a metabolic level (what’s happening on the inside):

SO WHAT IS THE BETTER ALTERNATIVE?

Luckily enough, the most effective approach is not actually depriving yourself of any foods! Research by Dr Paul Cribbs has based formal nutrition intake upon the Metabolic Precision approach upon the following;

INCREASED MUSCLE MASS = IMPROVED METABOLISM
Low energy carbs and protein helps build lean muscle, so we’re not slowly down our metabolism

REDUCED KILOJOULE INTAKE WITH NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD (ONLY TO A CERTAIN DEGREE – NOT AS MUCH YOU THINK)
As your metabolism increases, your food intake needs to increase also

TIMING YOUR FOOD INTAKE ALONGSIDE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The perfect time to high energy food (complex carbohydrates) is directly after exercise (within 3hrs) to restore glycogen levels and build muscle. Any other time should be low energy carbohydrates (vegetables).

IMPROVED FAT PROFILE
Increased intake of Omega 3’s can assist with managing fat (acting anti-inflammtory)

REDUCED HUNGER
When eating regularly, you should never be hungry. As you lose weight and gain muscle, you will naturally need to increase your food intake.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FOOD
You should never restrict your food intake. This can lead to depletion in receiving sufficient vitamins and nutrients.

SUSTAINABLE
It’s all about adopting healthy lifestyle habits. No calorie restriction what so ever!!

So while fad diets may seem like a good idea in the short term they are no replacement for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle change for the long term!

If you have any questions in regards to your own eating habits or wanting better education upon the information above, give our initial nutrition consultation a go! These are currently running as a FREE promotional session for members of our Completion Club and 12 Month Club at MD Health. Our practitioners at MD Health are always happy to assist with anyone wanting to take their health and fitness regime to the next level!

 

Want to know more?

If you want more information on nutrition speak to us about booking a nutrition information session. Or if you’re a new client and would like to book for a FREE full body assessment with one of our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists, call us on 9857 0644 or email us at admin@mdhealth.com.au

Author: Andrea Matias

Andrea obtains a Bachelors in Exercise & Sport Science & a Masters in Clinical Exercise Science & Rehabilitation. She also has recently completed her Diploma in Clinical Pilates. She has an interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions (especially lower back pain and specific diagnosis in hips). With her previous personal training experience, Andrea inspires to take her clients on journey moving from the rehabilitative phase, to progressing them to a more formal strength and conditioning program to restore optimal function. Beyond her role as an AEP, she is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, competing at an international level having won several titles for Australia.

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