A Common Diet Misconception or Two

Common Diet Misconception

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The First Common Diet Misconception

This common diet misconception may not come as a shock to you, but it is true, nonetheless: a diet that works for one person may not work for you. In other words, not all diets are created equal. Every person’s body reacts differently to different foods, and each person needs different amounts of certain nutrients. For instance, studies have shown that weightlifters need more protein and calories in their diet as they begin to retain the muscle mass gained in workouts. They can slowly reduce the calories as they plateau at their desired build. However, the initial amount of protein and calorie consumption needed for a weightlifter is different than, say a hardcore yogi or dancer. The weightlifter may need to have a lot of protein and fewer calories to maintain their mass while still toning their muscles.

Should I Cut Out Certain Food Groups?

On a similar note, there is another common diet misconception that cutting out dairy or gluten is the right choice for everyone. This is not the case. Cutting out certain food groups may work very well for one person, but will not have the same result for another individual. For example, let us discuss dairy. Many people in the world are lactose intolerant. They cannot digest lactose efficiently, and as a result, they experience indigestion. You can find many studies that say that cutting out dairy is good for you. Perhaps it is true for you, but the person next to you might be protein deficient and needs to consume dairy to supplement their natural shortages. If you are not lactose intolerant, dairy is a terrific way to add protein to your diet. It could be the right protein source for you! Gluten is another tricky nutrient that brings debate. Millions of people are highly allergic to gluten and cannot have one bit of it. Others have a slight skin texture change when consuming gluten in their food. Some people are unaffected by gluten and benefit from the extra carbohydrates in their diet.

Talk to a Specialist

If you are struggling to perfect your diet, it may be time to consult a nutritionist or dietitian. Speaking from experience, I attempted to reach my ideal shape and size for six years. I listened to all the social media health gurus and every article on my Pinterest board. Defeated and not happy with myself, I caved and saw a nutritionist. After our meeting, I realized that I should have made an appointment years ago. She helped me learn what my body needed and helped me plan out a customized diet and exercise routine. If you are struggling with your diet, exercise, and a lack of desired results, I encourage you to see a specialist. Here are a few specialists that I’ve found in my area if you’re a Texan like me!

Doherty Nutrition LLC | Dallas, TX

Debra J. Hilliard-Jones, RD | Bedford, TX

Tiffany Meyer Wellness | Southlake, TX

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