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Monday, March 10, 2014

Vegan, Paleo, Juicing - Which diet is best?

Vegan, Paleo, Juicing - Which diet is best?

So let's talk about the popular fad diets that are out there for a minute. There are too many to mention but 3 big ones are vegan or vegetarian, paleo and juicing. Which one is best?

They all claim to be the best. I won't argue the pros and cons of each. I have my opinions on each and personal experiences with my own trials of each and from seeing various clients try each one out.

Here is the bottom line - I don't approve of the term diet. You have to follow a feeding protocol that you actually like and will follow consistently - long term. That is different for each person.

In the end, you must eat the right amount (calories) of the right stuff (macronutrient ratio) at the right time (meal timing) to receive optimal results for your given goal. You can do that while following any feeding protocol regardless of what title or name it has.

My nutrition program that I teach can fit any titled feeding protocol. I have had numerous clients who were vegan, paleo, juicers, raw, vegetarian - you name it. I taught them all how to manipulate the variables to receive optimal benefits and results. The question is always - are you going to actually do what is required to achieve your goals - most people don't.

So the answer is- there is no best diet. The best diet is the one you follow consistently and get results from in the long term. As long as you are getting in the right amount of calories with the proper macronutrient ratio and you are getting in the optimal water, vitamins and minerals and you are getting results long term, it doesn't matter what you call it, what style or name it has. If it works for you then roll with it. Your mission is to figure that out and to do it. If you need help, I'm here for you. Good luck. 

Eric Dempsey
NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Weight Loss Specialist
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