Is There One Ideal Diet for Everyone?

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Is There One Ideal Diet for Everyone?

It’s incredibly common for nutrition experts to write books about a specific diet formula.

In Grain Brain, Dr, David Perlmutter argues that eating wheat, carbohydrates and sugar are gradually killing your brain.

The harm of animal-based foods and the argument for a 100% plant-based diet in made by Gene Stone, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn in their book Forks over Knives.

In The New Atkins for a New You, Dr. Atkin’s colleagues encourage people to eat protein, leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains.

The Miracle Carb Diet by Tanya Zuckerbrot promises to make calories and fat disappear by adding plenty of dietary fiber to your diet.

Variously called the Primal diet, the Caveman diet and the Stone Age diet, Paleo diet advocates, such as Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, argue that humans were intended to eat only meat, fish, fruit and non-starchy vegetables.

Every author offers evidence and success stories about how eating in the way they prescribe ensure health, longevity and an ideal body size. Surely you’ve noticed that these popular eating styles conflict with one another. Animal-based protein or 100% plant-based? Whole grains or no grains? Lower calorie diet foods or no processed foods at all?

In China, people have traditionally eaten rice as a part of all three meals. Thai food is spicy, with plenty of  saturated fat from coconut oil and lard. The traditional Thai diet is low in fiber and includes lots of animal-based foods. The diet associated with people living in the Mediterranian region includes lots of fruit, vegetables, bread, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, olive oil, cheese and yogurt combined with very little meat and fish.

What becomes obvious is that there can’t be one single ideal diet for all human beings. In truth, the human body is wildly adaptable to a variety of diets. No one is advocating a diet of cupcakes, popcorn and hot dogs. But within the parameters of whole  (as opposed to highly processed) foods, there are a wide variety of eating styles that can work for you on your gastric balloon journey, depending on where you live, the needs of your body and the preferences of your palate.

 

Author: Rebeca Espinoza

Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon.  You can find her on Google+ or at rebeca@spatzmedical.com. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.

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