What is the best diet to use to lose the maximum amount of weight in the shortest period of time?

That is the question I get asked on a daily basis, and the simple answer is, there is no “best” way.

What is the best diet to use to lose the maximum amount of weight in the shortest period of time?
That is the question I get asked on a daily basis, and the simple answer is, there is no “best” way.
We have seen all the fads come and go when it comes to diets. There’s hundreds of them out there, all claiming to have the secret formula.
The best diet for the average person looking to slim down is the diet that they can maintain and stick to without falling off the wagon. It is also highly individual depending on how each person responds to different foods (mostly due to insulin sensitivity), the amount of discipline that person has when it comes to sticking to a diet, and that person’s goals.
As we all know, portion control is a big factor when dieting, but it’s not everything. We also hear the rhetoric of calories in versus calories out. I’m not here to dispute that concept, but it’s not quite that simple.
The reality is that a calorie is not a calorie. What I mean by that is there are enormous differences as it pertains to carbohydrates, fats, proteins and how the body processes them.
So, even though the basic premise is true, it is not as cut and dry as it sounds. Calories from different food sources are processed differently, and there are also minimum amounts of food that an individual needs to consume in order to keep from sabotaging their own metabolism.
Now, let’s get to the nuts and bolts. No adult human being should eat less than 1,300 calories a day. Protein intake needs to be kept fairly high from sources such as salmon, white fish, chicken breasts, white turkey meat, lean beef, eggs, etc.
When selecting your protein, make sure you chose sources that are low in saturated fat. All fat is not the enemy, but saturated fats are. I like for my clients to eat a bare minimum of 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight.
I could write an entire book about carbohydrates alone, but I’m going to do my best to simplify it. For the average person, I recommend carbohydrate consumption to be limited, but not totally eliminated from the diet.
I’m a huge proponent of low-carb diets, but not for the average person trying to fit in their bathing suit this summer. However, the carbohydrates that are consumed need to be high in fiber, and what we call low-glycemic.
Good sources of carbohydrates would be oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potato, green vegetables and citric fruits. Try to keep carbohydrate consumption around 1 gram per pound of body weight as well, and much less if you are not sensitive to insulin – if carbohydrates make you gain weight easily.
Fats are an important tool in our diet even though we were taught for decades that fats are bad for our health. The main fat sources we are concerned about are polyunsaturates and monounstaturates. My two favorite sources are olive oil and macadamia nut oil. Beyond that we need to eat a raw nut source as well, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts and peanuts. I like to see my clients eat at least 0.30 grams of heart healthy poly- or monounsaturates per pound of body weight. And if carbohydrate intake is restricted lower than what was mentioned above, this figure would be higher.
Now take the figures above and multiply them by your body weight. Take the figures for each macronutrient and divide it by five meals per day. These are the figures you will use to develop your portions for each meal.
You can calculate the foods by purchasing a good calorie counting book that breaks down protein, carbs and fats, or you can use one of the many calorie counters online by doing a Google search on “calorie counter.”
For personalized diets, you can contact Kurt Mueller at 816-228-4080 or through our Web site an www.bluespringsfitness.net.