By Dr. Rosemarie Rutecki
When it comes to eating and nutrition, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Different diets work for different people, and what may work for one person may not necessarily work for another. Some people thrive on a ketogenic diet, while others feel their best on a vegetarian or plant-based diet. It is essential to find what works best for you and to listen to your body’s needs and signals.
One of the most popular diets in recent years has been the ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. The idea behind this diet is that by limiting carbohydrates, the body will enter a state of ketosis, burning fat for energy instead of glucose. This can lead to weight loss, improved energy levels, and decreased inflammation.
However, not everyone does well on a ketogenic diet, and some people find that it makes them feel sluggish, tired, and low on energy.
Another popular diet is vegetarian or plant-based, emphasizing whole, unprocessed foods and eliminating animal products. This diet is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It can help reduce inflammation, improve heart health, and lower the risk of chronic diseases. However, on a vegetarian or plant-based diet, some people may need help to get enough protein and essential nutrients, such as iron and vitamin B12.
For many, a balanced diet that includes protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats is best. This diet can provide the body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally while allowing for flexibility and variety in food choices. A balanced diet can also help with weight management, improving energy levels, and reducing inflammation.
A recent study showed that a diet high in protein was better than a heart-healthy diet in helping people lose weight. Protein has a thermogenic advantage over carbs and fats.
However, it’s important to note that some foods should be avoided, regardless of your diet. Processed foods, gluten, alcohol, and seed oils are all foods that can negatively impact your health. Processed foods are often high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats and can contribute to weight gain and chronic diseases. Gluten can cause digestive issues, fatigue, and inflammation in some people. At the same time, alcohol can disrupt hormones, impair liver function, and increase the risk of liver disease. Seed oils, such as corn and soybean oil, are often highly processed and contain unhealthy trans fats.
In conclusion, there is no perfect diet that works for everyone. What is ideal for you depends on your individual needs, and what works for one person may not. A balanced diet that emphasizes protein while including healthy fats and carbohydrates, and avoids processed foods, gluten, alcohol, and seed oils, can be a great starting point.
If you need help finding the right nutritional plan to support your energy, digestion, hormones, body composition, and overall well-being, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Rosemarie Rutecki. She’s a Functional Medicine Pharmacist who can provide personalized guidance and support.
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