There is no magic bullet with regard to food. No one single diet or product is going to help you achieve your goal. What you can do is arm yourself with the knowledge to make better choices for your health, waistline and wellbeing.
You are you. There is no one else like you. No one has your fingerprint and nobody is built the same as you. Some people are genetically designed to carry more fat. Some are genetically designed to carry more muscle. Some are genetically inclined to have small calves (not that I know anyone like this).
Taking these facts into consideration, it makes sense that one way of eating does not cater to all people. There is no such thing as ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to nutrition.
There are many diets and ways of eating food, no wonder it gets confusing! Ketogenic, vegan, paleo, fasting, Atkins, Weight Watchers, low carb, high carb, Mediterranean and the South Beach diet; just to name a few. They work for some and don’t work for others.
Human beings are creatures that have adapted over millions of years. When humans found their way across the globe settling in different areas of the world, they evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. Every nationality has genetically adapted to their climate.
I believe that ethnicities that originated from warmer climates had better chances to eat more regularly due to their warm climate and therefore generally carry less body fat. Ethnicities from colder climates, where they had to prepare for harsher climates and stay warm, have a higher body fat to keep warm and prepare for times of limited food.
Where you are from can have a big effect on how food affects you. For example…
If you are of South East Asian descent, you are likely to be lactose intolerant.
Why? Because the ability to digest milk is a human mutation that started to evolve 10,000 to 12,000 years ago when humans first started domesticating animals. Dairy farming was not practised in South East Asia, so the mutation never formed and that is why so many are intolerant.
If you are of Polynesian decent, you are likely to have issues digesting red meat.
Why? Because traditionally Polynesians were fisherman who also travelled with and bred pigs. For thousands of years, their main diet was fish and pig. Red meat is relatively new to their diet so they aren’t genetically disposed to digesting it.
For thousands of years our diets remained the same regardless of where you were in the world. Yet in the past century our diets have changed drastically with the introduction of chemicals and preservatives.
It is no coincidence that the cases of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and mental illness are sky rocketing as our consumption of man-made processed food increases.
You only get one life, one body, don’t you want it to perform at its peak and for the longest amount of time? Do this by arming yourself with knowledge about what works best for your body.
If you’re confused about what the right direction for you is, I can point you in the right direction to arm yourself with that knowledge. If this is you, drop me a message.
Wishing you a fantastic week!