Creating a Balanced Diet

Hello Triathletes,

In a word filled with Special diets, everyone wants to know what is the best one follow:

Some common Diets

  • Paleo

  • Intermittent Fasting

  • Vegetarian

  • Vegan

  • Gluten free

  • Keto


In todays blog I want to look at approaches to nutrition.

  • Factors affecting the way you eat and what works?

  • What is the best practice?

  • My opinion.

What Factors affect the way you eat and what works?

You only have to look around and you will see people of all shapes, sizes, heights and ages etc.  That in itself says to me that we are all-individual.  That in itself will be reflective in each ones approach to eating.

· Body type: Some are tall, small, thin, stocky, naturally athletic therefore the way their operates etc will be different and their tolerance to certain foods may be different

· Dietary preferences, allergies and beliefs- Example celiac, lactose intolerant and personal preferences such as vegetarian, religious reason Muslims no pork.

· Finance- sometimes eating organic and healthy is expensive and in certain countries this way of living is a luxury and may not be viable for some.

· Nutrition knowledge: some people will base their nutrition on what they believe is the best practice.  A nutritionist, personal trainer or even a book that they have read may have provided this information.

· Culture and upbringing: if you look at different cuisines such as French, Italian, Japanese, British and Thai for example.  Their staples are all different, however I imagine that they still want to achieve the same thing.  A healthy body that looks great and enables them to perform best.  However, their diets are much different with indicates and further confirms that there may not be one universal way for all.

· Gender - Males and females utilize fuel differently when exercising women are more efficient at burning fat and sparing glycogen.

What is the best practice?

1. Is there a UNIVERSAL “BEST” DIET?

In my opinion and based on my observations and own experiments I would have to say NO. This is probably not the answer that you want to hear but if you look at the above factors it’s easy to see why this is the case. Over the years we have all evolved to do well under all sorts of dietary conditions. As a Personal Trainer I am happy to help people find the best one for them, no matter their dietary preferences.

2. What popular ways of eating actually have in common?

What you may find is that when approach your eating in any of the ways above, you have taken an initial step to eating better and focusing on healthier natural whole foods. This will ultimately benefit you in some way.

3. Is this way of eating viable long term?

This is where it gets complex.  It also brings me back to, what works for one may not work for another.  So when I sit with clients I explain this. I ask them to track and monitor their performance and feelings when introducing any changes, and compare them to how they felt prior.   If the change is for the better then great, however if not then we readdress.

Long- term solutions to nutrition will ultimately result from how well you feel and perform.

My opinion:

Listen to your body

Eat in away that will enhance performance and enable you to reach goals long term

Ensure you can you afford this way of living/ eating

Don’t be miserable - I see many diets and Diet gurus on TV enforce rules demonizing some foods and to a certain extent I too have been guilty of this.

Build a healthy relationship with food

I hope you enjoyed this article.  If you have any questions please drop me an email or talk to me in person!!!

Stay Healthy

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