I can hear you murmuring through the Internet already, even though you’ve read only the title of this piece. “The best laid plans…” you’re murmuring to yourself. Or perhaps you’re thinking, “There’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ diet plan!” But some of you are saying to yourself, “Really? There’s something that can work for most everyone?”
I understand that usually the very idea of fully committing to a diet plan is enough to stop readers in their tracks, especially since we know that over the long haul few people manage to stick to prescribed nutrition regimens. But this inability to persevere and find success can be due to many factors – including flawed diet plans and a lack of motivation. But at this beginning of a new year – when many people have resolved to be more healthy – perhaps you’re ready to change your perspective and begin thinking about establishing a new relationship with food rather than focusing on a diet that requires you to focus on minute details that niggle at your mind all the live-long day. An approach in this vein will lead you to a “diet” that supports the results you desire while embracing proper motivation.
Designing a Flawless Diet Plan
Diet plans that are flawless are those that encourage people to consume foods in moderation with a balanced diet. That said, I want at this point to cease using the word “diet” and instead use the word “fuel” to describe the foods and drinks we consume. This is because when we eat and drink we are, in essence, fueling our bodies with the energy, fats, sugars and other nutrients they need that enable us to think more clearly and move more easily.
A healthy fuel plan should, above all, provide your body with sufficient nutrition. Although vegetarian and vegan lifestyles that include only fruits, juices and raw green veggie fuels may sound great initially, the nutrients provided by a fuel plan characterized in this way are generally ineffective in providing balanced meals. Rather, a balanced fuel plan gives your body a plethora of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients – including carbohydrates, fats, fiber and proteins in necessary amounts.
A balanced fuel plan should also include variety. I like to say that if a lack of nutrition doesn’t kill you, then a lifetime of boredom of eating the same foods surely will. By that I mean that your fuel plan must include many different kinds of foods. Who among us can withstand for an extended period of time the torture of your taste buds with repetitive food consumption that is boring and bland? Additionally, afford yourself opportunities to indulge in fuel that, while perhaps not of the best quality, does “feed” your body emotionally. Note that I’m not advocating “pigging out” on foods that are bad for you; rather, I’m talking about practicing indulging in moderation instead of overindulging regularly.
Next, your fuel plan should be practical. Sometimes you can create a fuel plan that looks great on paper, but in reality it is difficult in practical application. This is especially true if you have resigned yourself to eating the same particular items over and over again or if you focus only on items that take far too long to prepare.