I’m gonna talk to you about one secret behind every single diet.
Every single one out there. Often, people can associate themselves with a single diet. Every single person will say, “I am on the Keto diet”, or I am on the Cambridge, or the low fat diet, or some sort of dieting method, or some sort of, even training method, for the most part.
Everyone has to identify as something, as some sort of strategy, method or ideology.
Now, the truth is, every single diet out there has weight to it. Keto diets, low fat diets, high carb diets, they all have weight to them.
However, the one thing which is wrong with diets is not the method, usually, not the strategy, it’s the timing.
It’s the timing and the sustainability of said diet.
If we have a ketogenic diet, and people are going down a ketogenic route, they may well be getting results in that state initially, and this method is one I like to do with a lot of my clients, depending on where they’re starting at.
Depends is a very good answer for a lot of questions. ‘Because it always does depend. So, depending on where my client starts at, I may well start them on a lower carb/sort of keto diet. And there’d be many reasons why I would choose that.
It would be to sensitise their biochemistry, to open up, should we say, a carbohydrate pathway and to initially start to build something called metabolic flexibility.
Metabolic flexibility what is it?
Imagine you had a motorway, a highway of vehicles and on that highway (this highway is called the metabolism highway by the way).
There are various vehicles on the road, there are alcohol vehicles, there are different kinds of sugars, sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, galactose, lots of different sorts.
Further yet all these vehicles are different sizes, different shapes and at the moment we only have a two lane motorway. So you see the traffic can’t move very quick right now.
There’s all kinds of vehicles, nobody can really swap lanes. It’s just stuck.
Now, metabolic flexibility, is when you start to open up that pathway, and create more flexibility around the metabolism, the best analogy I could think of here is that this is where we’d open up more lanes of this “metabolism motorway”.
Which means that, we end up having a seven lane motorway. Which means there can be all these different shapes, sizes of vehicles, and they’re all going in one direction, efficiently.
Now the lanes are big enough, and there’s enough of them in order to allow for free flow of traffic.
When we have that flexibility, there isn’t a slowing up process, there isn’t any source of jamming up, as such, and there’s not an inefficient or ineffective movement from the nutrients coming in.
So initially, a lot of people may well benefit from a lower carb or ketogenic diet. This is perfect initially, because it starts to potentially open up that metabolic flexibility, and potentially start to build on it, but at some point it’s going to stop.
That’s the issue. There’s nothing wrong with any kind of diet, it’s just that right now, you may need less carbs, later on you may have loads of carbs. But then again, it depends.
Depends is an amazing answer because everybody asks a question and everyone wants a black and white answer. In the world of personal training, in the world of coaching and health and fitness, there’s never really a straight forward answer.
The answer is usually “it depends”.
The reason for that is because every single individual is different, from a physiological point of view, from a biochemical point of view.
Now consider that we take even more complexity on top of that for the individual in front of me, which is their lifestyle, their routines, their habits, their rituals, their wants, their needs, suddenly we have somebody who is vastly different from another.
That’s why it matters to really take these things into consideration for yourself, because you may associate yourself with a keto diet.
What happens when it stops working?
Do you wanna be on that forever?
Diets, if you are to associate yourself with one, it should largely be something which you can foresee yourself doing 12 months from now… and enjoying it.
That’s the diet which is for you.
When we look at statistics, we know that 95% of people who start a diet will regain all the weight back. 66% will gain even more fat back, than what they started with.
Now, you might be wondering how can they gain more fat?
There’s a really good video on my social channels, where I have a bunch of grapes in my hand, and I show people in 60 seconds, how a body can gain more fat than what it started with but maintain the same weight.
The dieting statistics are awful and that’s because diets do not look at, you as an individual, they do not tend to look at your lifestyle, they tend to look at one thing which is weight loss. If they look at weight loss, that’s cool, because you may well be after weight loss but, what happens when it doesn’t work anymore?
What about the health behind that?
The metabolic flexibility behind that?
Because as soon as you leave that method, as soon as you say I’ve lost my kilo or 10 kilo, whatever it could be, and you start to look for another way out, suddenly we’re in a position where you’ve lost that structure, you’ve lost that routine, because you’ve aigned with it for so long, you’ve not learned anything behind that.
As a result, then you go away and you regain all the weight. Restriction, and very much rigid stability in structure, typically is how diets are run.
Things like various dieting groups out there, they teach you various things, like cooking skills and stuff, which is absolutely amazing, but it still comes down to, they haven’t not looked at habits, rituals, routines, and those are the things which are gonna keep get you results, but also keep them for the long term.
To summarise this. We need to look at it and say right, diets, they are effective. Every single one has weight to them. However, the timing really is the issue.
When do we do them, and how long for, and when do we change them.
Metabolic flexibility, that’s something we need to build in, because ultimately an individual, longer term, should really be looking at things and saying, “Well, I wanna be able to eat various foods, “enjoy myself with my family, “have maybe a glass of wine or two, “and my body is actually handling it quite well. “It’s not under too much pressure to break it down, “and it’s not struggling to break “these foods and nutrients down, “and therefore I can effectively just go on my way, “and not worry about weight gain, fat gain, “and health implications of that.”
Lastly it’s about finding something which works for you and actually educates you in many respects on your lifestyle, your routines, your rituals, your habits, because, like I say, you reinforce them, you build them. Then we’re looking at something which is very very successful in the long term