The Pros And Cons Of Following A Diet

The Pros And Cons Of Following A Diet

September 30, 2019 3 By Ewald Bahringer


Hi there, Eric Bakker. Thank you for coming back. Well, this is going to be an interesting video,
because it’s going to open up quite a lot of debate, so please, no hate mail out of
this, okay? I’m just going to talk about pros and cons
of actually following a strict diet, or particular types of diets. I’m not gonna mention the diets, but there’s
literally 50,000 diets out there. There are so many of them. So, there are many advantages of following
a diet. You may have bought a book, you know, the
X, Y, Z diet or whatever it is. I don’t care. It could even be my diet recommendations,
whatever. There are definitely advantages of following
diets that you read in books or you read online, because it’s gonna give you structure. It’s gonna show you what you need to do, how
you need to do it. It’s gonna give you ability to know exactly
what you need to buy when you go shopping. The type of recipes to make. It gives you structure. And that’s what you want. You know, exactly what you want. Many people say to me, “I want you to draw
me out a diet plan, a very carefully constructed diet plan. What I can eat at breakfast, what I can eat
for lunch, what I can eat for dinner.” Get out of here. What do you want those kind of plans for? You go to a dietician if you want that kind
of stuff. And even then, most of it’s junk you’re not
gonna follow anyway. I mean, you’re just gonna look at something
and say, you know, get three fluffy eggs in the morning and fluff them up. And then have them with this and that. And then for lunch, you’re gonna cook this
kind of food up. And then for … Forget it. It’s probably not what you’re gonna follow
anyway. And if you do follow it, it could be for a
few weeks, but you’ll soon be back and doing other kind of stuff. It’s quite rare for someone to follow instructions
like that, down to the letter. I’ve got patients like that, and I’ve seen
them, but it’s not really common for a person to follow those kind of instructions, right? Some people actually like to weigh everything
right down to the gram, right down to the milligram even, you know. If you say that some people, you can have
some nuts, “How many? Three? Three almonds? Four almonds? How big are the almonds? Should they have the skins on them? Or should they be blanched? What time of day can I eat them?” I mean, those people need to go and see a
psychiatrist. When you get to the point where you want to
know exactly what time you should eat something and in the quantity, get out of here. That’s more like Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman
material, where you’ve got some mental health disorder, in my opinion, when you’re getting
that freaked out about what you eat, how you can eat it, when you can eat it. You know, robots talk like that. Not humans. So, the pros of the diet are, you know exactly
what you’re doing. But in my opinion, the cons outweigh most
diets. And I’ve said this many times on this channel,
most people will always gravitate back towards their own preferences and eating styles, and
habits, you know. We all like certain types of foods, and we
draw back to those foods. Now, I believe this is because of the bacteria
in our gut that shapes how we feel and how we think. We don’t think for ourselves. The bacteria think for us. You might find that a strange concept, but
if you go and live in another country for six or 12 months, you will not be eating the
way you eat in the country that you came from. You will change. Your tastes will change. Your desires will change. Because the bacteria change. Because the soil of the country you’re living
in is different. The air, the water, everything about the country,
is gonna shape your gut. Even the stress of your job and your relationships
will all shape your gut. So, in my opinion, your diet will be driven
by your bacteria. And your bacteria are driven, to a degree,
by what you eat. So, if you always strive to eating healthy
food and clean food, organic food, spray free, pest free, you know, crap free food, you’re
gonna, it’s gonna confer incredible benefits in the gut. And that, in turn, will dictate the diet. Not some book or some piece of paper or junk
like that. So, it’s true what they say and what they’ve
said since the 1950’s, that every time you put something in your mouth to eat, you’re
either building up your health or you’re breaking it down. So, that’s a very important point to think
about. Not what book I should follow, or which diet
should I follow. It doesn’t mean anything, what someone writes
about food. What’s important to you is what relates to
your gut, and how that food makes you feel. Whether it’s a protein, fat, or carb, there
are certainly rules when it comes to eating. We all know that we shouldn’t eat too much
meat. But we also know that we can’t just focus
on a pure vegan, vegetarian diet, you know, and throw caution to the wind when it comes
to proteins and things like iron and B12. So, there’s got to be a degree of intelligence,
you know, regarding your particular diet desires. So, when it comes to the pros and cons again,
the pros up for the diet are the structure, the formality, the regulation. You know exactly what you’re doing. Plus, also, other people may tell you that
it’s a good diet, they followed it, and it works well. And it’ll probably work okay for you. But the con, in terms of this pros, don’t
get too rigid with that particular diet book. Be sure to modify that diet to suit your gut
and your needs. I see this commonly with FODMAP diets, where
people will say, “I’ve been told I can’t eat garlic because it’s on the FODMAPS list.” You’re a lot of crap. Most people can tolerate garlic perfectly
fine. You know, many people can’t tolerate it raw,
but if they partially cook it or steam it, or stir fry it, they can tolerate it. But if a book says not to eat a particular
thing, are you gonna be like that because the food police tell you that? You need to make up your own mind what’s right
for you, not have people dictate to you what you can and can’t eat out of a book. So, the pros of following a diet are there,
but the cons are immense, because they weigh heavily on your mind. You’ll be thinking, “I can’t eat that food
because the diet says avoid that food.” I think you should park these books, follow
basic healthy principles, adjust a diet to suit yourself, and just like a garden, you
create it to follow no other person but yourself, because it’s your garden, just like it’s your
diet. It’s your life. It’s your call. Thanks for tuning in.