So, you’ve tried all the diets in the book. Paleo, Adkins, Weight Watchers, Medifast, Low fat, High Fat/Keto, macro counting, calorie counting, exercise programs, personal trainer…. No wonder we are all overwhelmed and confused- there is SO many different programs out there that tout their horn and claim to be the BEST and ONLY way to ‘lose weight and feel great’.
Everyone is on a quest to find that magic bullet- the one diet that will work for them and solve all problems related to diet. I can’t say I haven’t been there myself. The problem is, there is a lot of money that goes behind the marketing of these diets to fuel the frenzy and make us believe that this is the one, THIS diet will solve all of humanity’s problems related to diet and health. We are groomed to think if we aren’t dieting, then we are unhealthy. (I could go on about the psychological impact this created on us, as well as our youth- but that is for another post.. )
Here’s the thing.. Let’s take a step back and think about this one size fit’s all diet approach. We, humans, are all so different, our genes are different from every single person, our health history is different, our current health symptoms are different, our metabolisms are different, our food intolerances are different, our gut microbione is different- so why would we allow our minds to think that one diet is best fit for everybody?
Ok… so we are all different… but… how should we eat? What should we eat?!
My biggest advise is to base your diet on your own bioindividual needs.
What is Bioindividuality you ask?
Bioindividuality is each persons unique health and lifestyle needs defined by genetic makeup, current health symptoms and imbalances, personal tastes, and metabolism.
Bioindividuality explains how one diet can yield the same result for everyone. Here is an interesting study that highlights this perfectly – A study done on 800 people that examined their post-meal blood sugar levels. Everyone was fed identical meals, yet blood sugar levels varied significantly from person to person. Using the data obtained from these participants, the authors then created individualized diets for a separate group of 100 participants. Subsequently, the participants in this group showed more stable post-meal blood sugar on the personalized diets (1). This truly is amazing. This explains why diets that focus on the current trend are very difficult to sustain and work for every person.
A similar story but for grains. Some people can digest and tolerate grains better than others. The AMY1 gene that creates our digestive enzyme amylase can vary from 2 to 15 copies from person to person. People who have more AMY1 gene can tolerate more carbohydrates and grains in their diet. (2). This is another perfect example of bioindividuality.
The process of learning and understanding your bio individuality can be a transformational journey where you will learn to slow down and intuitively listen to your body’s needs, and know how to support those needs.
If you are interested in taking a deeper dive at your health and be empowered to learn about your own bioindivideal needs, I would love to work with you to navigate through the crowd of opinions to find a solution(s) that will work best for you & make you feel energized, amazing & alive.