An interview with Paige Hewetson and “The Diet Doctor” Moodi Dennaoui
When you refer to a person’s diet, what is it specifically that you’re referring to?
Moodi: The word diet often has a negative connotation associated with it, but a “diet” in itself is basically what you consume throughout the course of the day (fluids and solids), from the moment you wake up to the moment you sleep. Your “diet” doesn’t necessarily mean a regime.
What’s the most important thing to consider when you’re eating?
Moodi: The most important thing is to eat for you.
At the end of the day, your activities, your lifestyle, your taste bud satiety, your vocation; these are the elements that will dictate the way you eat.
The only way to do that is through education, you have to understand food to be able to figure out how you should eat.
It’s a learning process.
What are your objectives? What are your goals, and what can you sustain, most importantly.
What are some of the nutrients that people need to consume in order to best fuel their bodies?
Moodi: The basic fundamentals are your proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Essentially you need all 3 Macro-Nutrients to survive. If I were to prioritise one over the other in terms of to dictate the way you eat, I would say Protein, because it’s the only protein out of the 3, that your body can’t create on its own.
For example, if you eat something that’s not a fat but your body requires fat, your body will convert that micro nutrient into fat.
If your body is lacking carbohydrates, your body will convert fat into Glycogen.
Your body can convert food into glycogen, your body can convert food into fat. Your body cannot create protein on its own, well not all the amino acids anyway.
You really have to be careful and ask, “Am I getting enough Protein?”
Are there any food combinations that people should avoid eating?
Moodi: It all depends on the objectives.
If you’re in a maintenance stage, then really you should have a variety of everything.
What I mean by everything is all whole foods- (sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa).
If weight loss is your objective, the body requires meal frequency. In this case, you don’t really want to put Fats and Carbohydrates together. Combining the two slows down the digestion process, so essentially you’re slowing down your Metabolism.
What are the main reasons for not completely cutting Carbohydrates from your diet?
Moodi: The main reason is because Carbohydrates are not only the body’s main source of energy, but they are the body’s preferred fuel source, and the Brain’s only source of energy.
When people go onto a low carb diet, their temperament will change, their ability to focus will change, and their concentration span will change.
The argument is you’ll fall into Ketosis and eventually you’ll adapt, but even that is not ideal. If you fall into Ketosis, your Protein is now being converted to Glycogen to be fuel for energy.
We eat Protein for recovery, to tone our muscles, to build our muscle fibres, to progress.
If you’re eating Protein to progress, but you’re not eating Carbohydrates, that protein is going to be taken away from progression and converted to Glycogen to be used
Carbohydrates are not only essential for energy, they spare the Protein that you’re consuming.
Please stay tuned for more one on one interviews with “The Diet Doctor” himself, and over the weeks we will begin to cover more in depth information related to Diet and Nutrition.