What Makes A Diet 'Good'? Nutrition Advice For Otaku and Cosplayers

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What Makes A Diet 'Good'? Nutrition Advice For Otaku and Cosplayers

What makes a diet ‘good’?

Those who have followed me for a while will know that I am a big proponent of flexible dieting. Basically, a diet that doesn’t fall apart if you eat anything that isn’t in the plan, accommodates realistic expectations, and acknowledges the world around us.

Food intolerances and allergies excluded, there isn’t really a reason why you can’t incorporate a bit of junk food into your diet. Once you meet your daily requirements of protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and a minimum of two fruits and vegetables per every 1,000 calories then there’s no real reason why you couldn’t fill the remainder of your calories with a bit of junk food that you’re craving.

I think if more people knew and accepted that then we’d have a lot more people keen to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The first bit of resistance I hear from somebody who wants to lose weight is usually something along the lines of ’I can’t give up cookies or pizza’. Well, you don’t have to. In effect if you’ve got your dietary foundation in place you can basically eat whatever you want when it comes to fat loss. But perhaps just not as much as you want, calories and macros still count. 

Usually I eat a kilogram of meat and a kilogram combined of fruits and vegetables every day, I also eat Greek Yoghurt whenever I can for that nutritious calcium (or drink Whey Protein). That covers my nutritional bases and costs around 1,500 calories. So when I’m dieting, I have 500 calories to spare on whatever I fancy. If I’m maintaining, 1,000 calories. If I’m gaining, 1,250 calories. Most of the time I fill the remaining calories with wholesome nutritious food (I do actually care about health after all!) sometimes though it's 2kg of donner meat.

Not too bad a deal to maintain the physique of your dreams right?

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