What is the best diet?
There are plenty of diets out there and currently flexible dieting, intermittent fasting, keto and vegetarian seem to be the most popular but others gaining traction as well.
No diet is inherently good or bad, they all do what they’re supposed to do. At the end of the day, they will help you lose weight if done correctly.
What it all boils down to is your energy balance and adherence.
If you’re consuming less energy through your food than what your body requires, then you’re going to lose weight. If you’re consuming more, depending on how much more and if you’re weight training, then you’ll either build muscle or put on some fat.
It doesn’t really matter what type of diet that you’re partaking in, what matters is how much you’re eating and if you’re meeting your caloric requirements.
You need to figure out how much energy your body requires for maintenance (to stay exactly the way it is and not lose or gain any weight) and work from there.
To do this you calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate (how much energy your body requires to function) then you add your Physical Activity Level (how much energy you burn during the day based upon how active you are) and this will give you your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (maintenance level).
You can then add or subtract extra calories to suit your goals (weight loss or muscle gain).
These figures are never going to be 100% but they are a great starting point for you to determine your energy needs.
Not everyone tracks their calories when dieting but if they’re losing weight then they’re in a calorie deficit.
The keto group cut out carbs and by cutting out this entire macronutrient are eating less and ending up in a calorie deficit. The vegetarian group cut out meat and the same principle applies.
The realistic answer is that there is no best diet to suit everyone. Choosing a diet that you can adhere to for the long term is going to be the best diet for you.
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