So, you've been attending my ZUMBA fitness classes, and maybe you take other exercise classes on a consistent basis. Great! Now, we need to know what to do with our diet.
What I'm about to say is unconventional. You won't hear many "experts" say this. So brace yourself! The right type of diet is...up to you!
Each person is an individual with different nutritional needs. A diet that works for you may not work for another person. One person may need significantly more carbohydrates in the diet in order to function well. But another person may need significantly more protein than you.
My wife and I have different nutritional needs. I function best on a diet that's HIGH in carbohydrates and low in fats and protein. My wife, however, functions best with a diet that's HIGH in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates. That is, we both have different "metabolic types." She would be considered a "protein type" while I'll be considered a "carb type." This also means that I, being a carb type, could do well by eating few meals during the day. But she, being the protein type, needs more food during the day than I do. She also has strong hunger pains while I barely get hungry!
Yes, you've read all the internet articles about how you need a lot of protein to build muscle or a lot of carbs to do high-impact aerobics classes. Heck, I could do an entire high-impact exercise class without eating anything prior. But for somebody else, they need to have something in their bellies before they work out.
I could go for a lenthy period without water. Others can't do that without feeling light-headed. I could tolerate a lot of sugar. Another person, such as my wife, cannot handle a lot of sugar without getting tired afterwards.
So, what is the best diet? That, my friend, is what you have to figure out. But you need to start by seeing if you do best with a diet that's high in fats and proteins, or a diet that's high in carbohydrates. These "macronutrients" are the main players when it comes to figuring out the right diet for you. So, do you function best by eating a lot of fat and protein or by eating a lot of carbohydrates? Do you get hungry frequently (don't mistake CRAVINGS for HUNGER)? Are you not complete until you've had a steak sandwich? You're probably a protein type. But can you go for hours without eating? Do you barely get hungry? Are you not complete unless you've had something sweet to eat? You might be a carb type.