Your “diet” doesn’t exist… it's not a thing… It’s a word that humans made to quantify the accumulative intake of food over a given timeframe.
Your “diet” can be classed as a mouthful, a meal, a day, a week, a year, or your lifetime.
When was the last time you planned a diet for the rest of your life?
You haven’t, if you have, it was a waste of time. Because things change over time. The general opinion of nutritional scientists changes, your life changes, your priorities change, and guess what… the things you eat change to accommodate this.
You will gain weight, you will lose weight, you will have energy, you will be lethargic, you will eat based on what is available to you and you will go out of your way to eat other things.
With so many variables causing change (a healthy aspect of life) we need flexibility in what we eat. Sure you could call this a “varied diet” which is something people say, but at what point does this variety stop? And at what point does this variety become bad? This is my issue with the word and why I prefer to attach principals to the food we eat rather than restrictions.
So here are some principals to consider.
1) Don’t talk about the food you eat or compare yourself to other people based on the food they eat. Instead focus on the food that you eat and how it makes you feel during, immediately after (0-2 hours post eating) and 7 days afterward.
2) Single-ingredient foods should be chosen over-processed foods when the option is available (buy your yogurt and buy some fruit then add them together rather than buying fruit-flavored yogurt).
3) Eat based on your expenditure, if you move a lot, eat more, if you don’t move a lot, don’t eat as much.
4) Hire a professional nutritionist if you are looking for any advice more advanced than these 3 points. Instagram, Google, that ripped person on youtube, magazines, the BBC, or basically any information beyond the scientific literature should not be considered without a professionals opinion. It is their job to read the research, critique the bad research, and adjust their advice based on good research.
5) Don’t take my word as gospel, hire a professional, send them this article, and get their opinion. I am not a nutritionist.
Just things to consider…