In this post, I will explain the Your Umami Diet and how to use the recipes on this website to do your meal planning, to achieve your best health and your best bod, all while still eating super taste food that fits YOUR UMAMI (your taste).
If you want to browse an overview of all of the Most Popular Diets before you settle on finding the best diet for YU, then check out the first post in this series first: Popular Diets EXPLAINED.
There are many diets out there and I cannot say what is the absolute diet blueprint for everyone to follow!
But the Diet for YU will provide a foundation for you to experiment with, so that you can find the best balance for your individual body and needs.
I’ve researched and experimented with many diets myself, and I’ve coupled this experience with the knowledge from many different books and schools of thought on Diet. Thanks to all of the efforts of medical professionals and researchers, I can explain which principles and theories on diet have proven the most “healthy” and “successful” for most people.
The diets that I studied before I decided how to base the recipes for YOUR UMAMI:
Whole Foods Diet
Paleo (and Primal)
South Beach Diet
The 4-Hr Body Diet
The CONNECTION in ALL of the Diets I’ve researched:
No matter the diet plan, these same messages appear: Eat more veggies. Eat less processed food, sugar and grains. Adjust your calorie intake to match your needs. Move your body.
These are the principles to follow for the Your Umami Diet.
Your Umami Diet, in more detail:
80/20 diet lifestyle
The 80 % has 2 levels:
Lose Weight Level
The 20% is for Cheat Day- meaning you can eat whatever you want! But for health purposes, I still suggest to healthily modify your indulgences, rather than eat McDonalds all day.
80/20: This is a diet lifestyle where you eat in a way that helps your body maintain or lose weight 80% of the time, and let yourself enjoy some (healthily modified if possible!) indulgences 20% of the time. I find that the easiest way to make this happen is through The Slow-Carb Diet from The 4-Hr Body by Tim Ferriss. Tim suggests that the optimal method of eating for fat loss is to eat strictly for 6 days and indulge in absolutely anything and everything on 1 day per week. I think this is smart because it is easier to stick to since there is a “Planned Cheat Day” each week!
Why follow a specific Diet Plan? The specific diet is way less important than being able to stick to a lifestyle / eating style plan long-term– because even if you reach a desired weight loss with a diet– you will most likely gain it back if you change your diet again to include previous restrictions.
An eating style that just doesn’t fit with your lifestyle will not stick. This is why different diets work for different people. And why I think it is okay to experiment with different diets, for two reasons: because it is proven that it’s good for your body to experience different food cycles, and also, because through experimentation, you will find a diet plan that works best for you to be able to stick to.
Why Meal Plan with a specific Diet in mind anyway?
It seems like most girls want the same thing: to maintain a healthy body overall and to be as “skinny” / fit / healthily-curvy as possible! Am I right? It I use the word skinny because we all recognize the word! However, I mean skinny as having a low body fat percentage while having a great amount of muscle also! (Just to be clear: YU does not promote being “skinny” just for the look of it. The point is that healthy “skinny-ness” can be achieved for all body types by having a low body fat percentage through optimal diet and exercise). This may not be the ideal body type or look in everyone’s opinion, but it is medically proven that maintaining a lower body fat percentage will help avoid many health issues including diabetes, cancer, gut issues, etc. It is also an accepted fact that exercise and eating whole, natural foods does the body good!
The Your Umami Diet supports this!
How to use this website to plan Your Diet
When you look at Your Umami Recipes, I will tell you:
-If the meal is Slow-Carb approved (or which adjustments to make so it is)
-If the meal is for your “Planned Cheat Day” (because we need to know how to cook our favorite “indulgences” with healthily modified ingredients, too!)
-If the meal is Paleo (because I know that a lot of people are interested in the Paleo Diet)
-If the meal has some good options to make vegetarian/vegan