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How To Select The Right Diet For You

By Phil Graham

Look Past The Hype When Building Your Diet

look past the hype

No matter what diet you see in a magazine, book or online article they will all debate over the usual topics of: Calories, Marco preference, Supplements, Meal timing, Food choices, Supplements, Testing etc.…

For as long as these topics are around you can rest assure there will be plenty more diet books and supplements to buy!

Although some of these factors are essential. They are often presented in such a way to make you fit the program not the other way round.

When it comes to optimizing the effectiveness of your diet, many other factors need to be considered:

  • Outcome (health, body composition and performance)
  • Activity level, underlying health conditions (e.g. obesity, diabetes, heart disease)
  • Budget
  • Past dieting experiences
  • Psychological issues
  • Convenience issues (e.g. what if you can’t eat during work)
  • Cooking skills
  • Cultural beliefs
  • Food storage capacity

And loads of finer details you wouldn’t even think of.

Many weight management programs (diets) are too generic and do not take these factors into consideration (Hale 2010)

An infective diet program would assume its specific recommendations apply to everyone (Cookie cutter plans) the same can also be said for a lot of workout programs.

Bottom line - The program must be specific to you and your lifestyle!

Phil Graham

About Phil

Renowned competitive body builder and Sports Nutritionist Phil Graham (BSc, CSSN) has established himself as one of UK’s leading fitness educators and coaches. He has helped coach and inspires a diverse range of clientele ranging from personal trainers, everyday members of the public right through to professional athletes across a wide variety of sports.

Phil educates 1000's of personal trainers each year through his seminars, workshops and attendance at some of the world's largest health and fitness exhibitions. He actively writes for almost every major fitness publication, hosts the ever-popular Podcast Elite Muscle Radio Podcast (available on iTunes) and works as Genetic Supplements resident nutrition expert for product development. He is also in the process of writing his first book on bodybuilding and Diabetes - The Diabetic Muscle and Fitness Guide.

Phil’s coaching and personal training is based in Belfast Northern Ireland, he also offers online consultancy for those that cannot reach him locally

You can visit Phil’s website or connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

If you’ve any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: [email protected]


Hale, J. (2010). Should I Eat the Yolk? Separating Facts From Myths to Get You Lean, Fit & Healthy. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press.

JAMA. 2013 Aug 21;310(7):687-8. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.8601. A call for an end to the diet debates.

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