PLANNING TO “BORROW” YOUR FRIEND’S DIET PLAN? READ THIS FIRST
You are scrolling through social media and suddenly, you come across your friend’s transformation post. Your jaw drops to the floor - the change is amazing! You feel motivated and inspired and decide to transform yourself too. You hastily type out a DM: “Hey buddy, great transformation! Can you share your diet?” WAIT! HOLD ON! Before you hit send, I want you to read this article. Our bodies are very complex mechanisms. Two people with the same gender, age, height and weight may have extremely different metabolisms. Not just that, even identical twins may not have the same metabolism. Of course, metabolism is just one small part of the equation. There are several other factors that one needs to consider before designing a diet chart. Some of the major ones are: Activity Level: A person’s activity level matters a lot when a diet plan has to be created. It is a major contributor to TDEE (maintenance calories) which is the base of all diet planning. Lifestyle disorders: Does the person suffer any lifestyle disorders such as PCOS or Type 2 Diabetes, to name just two of them. This needs to be considered while deciding the macros. What works for one person may not work for someone else, even if they have the same ailment. Sustainability: This is the heart and soul of any diet plan. The success of your fitness journey depends largely on how sustainable the diet is and how it can fit into our lifestyle. The appetite, food choices, meal timings, general lifestyle, food relationship need to be considered while creating a diet chart. If you just start following someone’s diet without considering any of these factors, then it is very likely that: ⮚ You will discontinue the diet because it’s just not sustainable. It might not fit your lifestyle, food choices or appetite. This will discourage you from following any kind of diet in future Or ⮚ You might be able to follow the diet but won’t get the same results as your friend. This will again discourage you, and you might end up blaming your body type or genes without ever knowing the real reason This same principle also applies to all those random diet charts that are published in newspapers, magazines, including celebrity diet charts. You see, following a diet that is not customized for you does more harm than good. What is the right approach? Ask your friend these questions: ⮚ How many calories were you consuming? What was the overall deficit? ⮚ How many days did you train each week? ⮚ What kind of training protocol did you follow? Cardio or Resistance Training? ⮚ What was your macro distribution? ⮚ How did you complete your protein intake? ⮚ How did you make your diet sustainable? ⮚ What did you do to stay consistent? Use the answers to plan your own diet and training methods. Knowing these answers will also help you understand how to modify your plan and make it more sustainable for you. If you still find it difficult to stick to your plan, then take help from a coach. Above all, ask questions, be inquisitive and educate yourself. There is no perfect plan, you need to make it fit into your lifestyle. Always remember the two elements of a successful fitness journey: ✔ Consistency ✔ Right Approach Cheers to your health!