Which Diet is best for you?- Intuitive eating and Portion Control
Less is more
Originally I compiled all the information, on the world’s most popular diets, in my DIET HARD series but on review, the post lacked some punch.
So I’ve broken them up into their own bite size sections, hopefully giving you the chance to focus on the specific ones that interest you the most.
Remember, this information is here to give you an understanding of how these plans work and the type of people most likely to use them. Unlike many other sites, they also give you some of the stumbling blocks associated that cause people to either quit, or relapse weight wise.
The goal is to pick a diet that fits you. One you are most likely to stick to based on your habits, ethics and lifestyle. otherwise there is no point,
So be honest with yourselves to see whether you can juggle the pros and cons of each before making your decision.
The ‘play it by ear’ types (Intuitive portion control by eye)
These people have very good intuition with their bodies and tend to have a better relationship with it then most. They also have a good sense of self control when they have a target in mind. Lastly, they tend to be less focused on what the scale says and more on shape and how their body feels at any given time.
Once they’ve assessed or have a good general figure for how many calories are in most of their food portions, they help achieve their deficit, not by cutting ‘out’ their favourite food but by simply cutting it ‘down’.
Furthermore the changes they make are never drastic. It starts with
- Taking the bottle of wine out from dinner, then perhaps
- Replacing the fizzy drinks with water for lunch, then
- Swapping the fried chips for oven chips,
- Swapping a cake desert for a black coffee.
- Then taking the skin off the chicken etc…
- steamed rice instead of fried rice
They just tweak their meals ever so slowly so their diet has the least impact on them going forward and the transition is pretty seamless.
They don’t also replace or omit aspects of their usual diet to create their deficit, they can also make their portions simply smaller.
- Half the size of the mash potatoes but increase the salad and water content so you still feel full.
- Reduce the size of the steak you normally have from 12oz to 8oz.
- Instead of ordering a supersized takeaway, you make do with a regular or kid’s size meal
- Buying smaller plates to eat off of
These small things all add up and quickly make your deficit without appearing to do so.
It’s pretty simple but it relies on eating the same things consistently until you know their nutrition values. It also might mean a large proportion of your meals are self prepared as manipulation of portion size becomes increasingly important. We have a habit of eating what is infront of us and its hard to control this when we are eating out.
It’s a very laid back approach that uses eye measurement or a consistent measuring tool (cupped fist size, cup size etc) instead of counting of calories to manipulate your meals. So your exact amount of weight loss may vary from week to week but as long as you are losing something, you tend to be fine. You may also take longer to notice you have to drop your calories since you are unlikely to weigh yourself regularly, so it may still be something you wish to actively incorporate in yourselves.
I would say with this though, as easy as this method sounds, this is a very professional approach to take. I would also say it’s very easy to go wayword.
If you try this too soon, you’ll find you’re not losing weight at all. You see a lot of beginners try this method too early in their dieting careers and fail. However, when you get a better relationship with food, you’ll realise how wrong you got it when you first started out.
It’s also very easy to relapse if you are cooking for multiple people, your portion control tends to more generous than when alone so be careful.
This method is for people who are generally in good grasp of things and can run on autopilot with inherent self control. They will generally lose the weight without it taking up too much of their thoughts or their life ,and will never consider themselves ‘on a diet’. It’s also a very good way of maintaining a weight or weight range once you’ve gotten down to where you need to be.
For anyone dieting for competitions, I wouldn’t recommend this at all. You’ll never get down to your target in time and be disappointed with yourselves on stage. If you are looking to put on some significant size in an off season, I also wouldn’t recommend it you’ll put on more fat than muscle. However if you are looking at going on a long reverse diet or maintain in stress free manner, this is the one for you.