You need to do what works for you. Not what works for someone else.
I talk about eating what you want all the time. I preach eating cookies, donuts, waffles, you name it. I don’t believe you should ever have to deprive yourself of food you love. You can eat what you like AND reach your goals. But that message often gets misconstrued into people believing I’m telling you to eat cookies and donuts all the time.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to calories. If you’re in a caloric deficit, you’ll lose weight. You can eat donuts every day, be in a deficit, and still lose weight. You can, but it doesn’t automatically mean you should.
There’s no one-size-fits-all diet. One person might eat donuts every week, another person might cut out sugar completely and never eat a donut again, and they may both lose weight. Which approach should you take? Either. Maybe neither. Whatever works best for YOU.
Some people love intermittent fasting. For me, fasting that long makes me cranky, distracted, and miserable. Does intermittent fasting work? For a lot of people, yes. Does that mean I should do it if I want to lose weight? Absolutely not.
The best diet for you needs to have 3 criteria: 1, it needs to get you into a caloric deficit. 2, it needs to be something you can stick to. 3, it needs to make you not want to punch yourself in the face.
As long as you’re focused on eating a well-balanced diet (eat your veggies, people. Micronutrients matter too.) then no single diet is the wrong choice. Do what works for you, donuts or not.