When people think of a nutritional plan, what comes to their mind is only “off the shelf” plans like Zone, Paleo, GM diet, or any other diet plan that is trending at the moment which rocks their boat. It never occurs to most people that they require a personalized diet suited to their own biochemistry, rather than some generalized feeding system. In fact, the biggest mistake you make as a dieter is to choose from a selection of diet plans in the market; as opposed to finding what actually suits your physiology.
Everyone possesses unique metabolic tendencies, expressions, sensitivities and preferences. This uniqueness impacts how your body responds to a particular diet strategy, the way of eating, and exercising. You need to take into account not just the similarities that we share biologically as humans, but also the differences when planning out a personalized nutrition plan.
The Smart Eating Plan
Tracking your individual response to a particular eating plan or diet philosophy provides you with the most basic information about what’s happening inside your body. This information may not be same for every dieter, and you certainly can’t take it as a gospel from someone else.
Let’s say someone had a great success with ketogenic diet, and he elaborated it all on his blog or youtube channel. You may be tempted to try same, but be attentive to your own physiological response while imitating it. You may find certain things like, plummeted energy levels, or atrocious hunger pangs that other person may not have faced. Do not force someone else’s experience on yourself. Be smart and pay attention to your own bodily responses. Take the following measures into account to organize your personalized diet plan:
- Notice your energy levels throughout the day. Do you feel more or less energetic?
- Observe if there’s any change in your appetite. Are you suddenly getting ravenous, or not hungry at all? Note it down.
- How is your performance at the gym? Are you getting weaker? If it’s so, is it due to loss of lean mass or; due to leverage disadvantage with weight loss? Is there any change in the fat storage pattern of your body?
- How about your cravings? Is there any particular shift in the pattern you crave when dieting? Have your cravings increased?
A well structured nutritional system not just provides nourishment to your body, but does so in a manner that it takes into account your biochemistry and individualistic tendencies. Such a plan is easy to comply with because a dieter doesn’t perceive it as a mental burden like some of the readymade plans out there. It greatly promotes overall health and provides lots of mental peace to oneself.