The Framework For Constructing A Lifelong Diet
Stop Thinking "Diet" & Start Thinking "Lifestyle"
When it comes to dieting, I’m honestly blown away with how “off” people’s thinking is when it comes to their mental framework around diets.
This isn’t to say I definitely have the correct answer, because I don’t, diet is highly preference, goal-oriented, and based on individual genetics. What I have is simply a deep understanding of how all of this works.
The issue is that many people don’t understand the framework I just laid out (plus more) when I say “preference, goal-oriented, and based on individual genetics”.
Everything is highly polarized, people will use diets as an identity, and they will fail to actually look at it from a practical standpoint to the extent of “does this diet even remotely make sense”.
Now, this post is not about how I think you should eat, I personally do not know 99% of you and will have no way to give overgeneralized diet advice—entirely too many factors—but what I can provide is a way of thinking to help you design a diet that is both enjoyable and allows you to reach your goal, whatever that may be.
Let’s Get This Right
When it comes to designing your diet, a framework is everything. This is different from choosing one diet and sticking with it for life. Goals change, our bodies change, and many of us like variety in life.
What we then can do is take a top-down approach and break this down into a system that works for us.
If I had to list the principles that go into setting up this framework, it would be the following:
Satiety and Adherence
This is a good starting point when approaching a mental framework for diet. Many of these points tie into each other, but they are all distinct factors that will find you success in terms of structuring a way of eating, for life, that puts food working for you rather than against you.
Breaking Down The Framework