This is the question I am asked the most. Unfortunately there is not just one simple answer, but I can give you some direction. We are all different for so many reasons: sex, size and weight, body composition (body fat vs. lean body mass), genetics, activity level, etc. Because of so many factors, there is no one size fits all solution.
That being said, you should always be leary of any diet plan that excludes an entire group of food. There are no off limits foods- just better choices.
There are so many diet myths, let's tackle those first:
1- Less is not always better
2- Not all calories are the same
3- The calorie is only one important measure of food
4- The scale is only one (fairly useless) measure of body composition
For those of you that want the simple answer- again, eat whole foods MOST of the time. That is foods that do not require a nutrition label. Meats, vegetables, nuts, and fruits, etc. This is the easiest way to make sure you are including nutritious foods in your diet. That being said, have the cake. Life is too short to not eat the cake. Moderation is what keeps us sane.
For those of you that want more specific information of what you should eat- stay tuned for tomorrow. We are going to start nutrition 101. I will keep it simple but informative. We will tackle the micro and macro nutrients, calories, and why all of that matters.
For today, see how many non-label foods you can incorporate in your diet. And please let me know how it goes!