Dietary Approaches

Dietary Approaches – one size does not fit all

It is difficult for health professionals, let alone the public, to accurately estimate their daily consumption of macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate, protein) and micronutrients (e.g. vitamins and minerals). Dietary advice based on eating patterns and actual foods may be more practically useful than recommending targets for specific nutrients.

There are a number of different dietary approaches, each with pros and cons, and each with a line of people queueing up to advocate or demonise it.

In reality, one size does not fit all.

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Different people will be able to achieve their own health goals by following different dietary approaches.

This might be due to differences in personal preferences, lifestyles and the way their body metabolises different food stuffs. Some approaches may not be appropriate for people with certain medical conditions. It’s important to consult with a GP before adopting a new diet.

The bottom line is that any dietary approach that helps people meet their health goals cannot be considered wrong. As long as it is sustainable and has enough of the nutrients our body needs to prevent any other complications.

Although they may come in a variety of different forms, names and variations in specific details, the main dietary approaches can be grouped as:

Low fat,

Mediterranean,

Low Carb High Fat (LCHF),

Intermittent Fasting.

 

Within these different approaches there are a number of common factors that most health professionals would agree on:

We hope you find this information useful.

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