What is the best diet?

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What is the best diet?

When discussing the benefits of any diet, its very important to look at more than the short term benefits and most discussions neglect to do this. Nutritional plans should not be rated simply by how much fat they can lose and how quickly. Additional very important factors to look at:

1) Short term side effects. Many diets have rather unpleasant side effects. For example, no-carb diets can cause severe constipation because of the lack of fiber. This can be more than an inconvienience, it can cause some long lasting digestive problems. What are the short term problems that occur while on the diet? Some of the drastic diets out there are downright dangerous!

2) Is there a bounce-back effect? Is this a nutritional plan you can stay on forever or is it a short term diet? If its a short term diet, what happens to the average person a month and a year after quitting? Do they gain all their fat back?

3) What about muscle mass? Is it possible to gain muscle while on this nutritional plan/diet? Can you at least maintain muscle mass? How much muscle mass is lost? Muscle mass is precious, do you really want to lose it? Most diets that severely restrict calories cause muscle loss.

4) Is there psychological damage done? Deprivation and food-guilt can lead to a lifetime of eating disorders. A short term gain is in no way worth a lifetime of eating disorders. This is a very important question and its one that my nutritional plans have been criticized for which is funny considering how mild my recommendations are compared to many of the diets out there. Anyway, its why you may have noticed that I personally have ‘lightened up’ a bit when it comes to my nutritional recommendations.

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4 thoughts on “What is the best diet?”

  1. @Scooby, Psychological damage from diet is really a serious issue. While millions are dying from starvation or malnutrition on this earth, same time some people in rich countries are suffering from eating disorders. After we have built a good eating habit, staying in shape and keeping at healthy weight/bodyfat aren't really any big deal. If we take a moderate approach with patience and plan the "diet" in long term like a year, we shouldn't be having problems like these. I know the rood cause but that's another issue. Anyway, thanks for a great article as always!

  2. @scipyo, Scooby's nutrition plan is based a lot on healthy veggie meals, so please read his site and refer his recipes. But building a vegetarian or vegan meal plan for bodybuilding is another thing. It's actually very difficult and you have to explore on your own. I'm collecting some veggie recipes but I'm not a vegetarian and will never be. http://www.askscooby.com/recipes/cheap-and-healthy-vegetarian-recipe-for-bodybuilders/ I hope you will find my recipes useful. And I hope you will work your way for your own veggie recipes. Bodybuilding is pretty much self discipline process and a well built body is actually a by-product from good discipline.

  3. @scipyo: He has a video about how you read nutritional labels. If you learn this you can judge the all foods by yourself. If you want to gain weight, go to Scooby's website and calculate your TDEE. Eat lots of pasta (lower in fat) or nuts for instance or add olive oil to many meals you eat to achieve your daily caloric needs.

  4. Hi Scooby!

    I am reading your website and I find it really helpful. I know you must be very busy but Could you make a video or a post about diet for vegetarians(eat egg, dairy, but don't eat fish or meat). It would be extremely helpful. And it's important, that I am very thin, so I WANT gain wight.

    I would be greatful if you could response this comment, as I am really excited.
    Thank you :)

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