Dr. John Berardi has devoted his entire career to making sure everyone has an opportunity to become healthy and fit, regardless of their personal background. He has had a Master’s degree in Exercise Science since he original thought of becoming a strength coach. He then decided to get a PhD in Exercise and Nutritional Biochemistry because he realized nutrition was a limiting factor for a lot of people. When he was working in the lab, he credited his advisor for helping shape his career by encouraging him to get real world experience. This paved the way to working with sports teams and pro athletes, much like what he does today.
Today we’re going to talk about the many types of diets that have become popular in the last decade and whether one of them is the perfect diet. In between, John also shares his experience working with all sorts of people under Precision Nutrition and tell us how he handled not so typical clients and what diet worked for them in the end.
“I think it’s people’s birthright to be healthy, fit, and live well.” Dr. John Berardi
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- John says he can’t just declare one diet is perfect just because it’s the diet that worked either for him or most of his clients. It’s because there’s a chance the diet “may not be feasible, reasonable, psychologically palatable” for everyone.
- What’s important is they find something that works for them despite the bumps in the road they encounter along the way for a good period of time. The downside is this can make them more biased towards what worked for them and strongly advocate it.
- A great diet is the kind of diet that can work with a location’s certain culture. Dietary preferences can be thru palate but most are cultural.
- Just paying attention to what you are eating helps you make better choices. If you don’t pay attention to what you eat, no good technique will matter.
- All great diets promote higher quality food and not processed and junk food.
- The part of the brain that does the change is not involved in higher learning. So reading and sharing won’t always make people change. What people need aren’t educational materials but solid practices they can apply in a sensible manner.
- Don’t tell people that what works for you is the only thing other people should do; it doesn’t encourage healthy change.
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