Is there anything we can call a perfect meal? Even if somebody did stumble onto something like that then trying to get scientists to agree on it would be like teaching a dolphin to talk. Nutrition/weight loss is one of those fields of research where nobody seems to be able to agree on anything and it seems hard to get any hard facts to back up any claims that are made. Like the whole low fat and low carb battle that still seems to be raging, one side is sure that low fat meals are the only way to lose weight, yet the other side claims cutting carbohydrates is the only answer, and they both seem to have evidence to back up their argument, so who can you trust?
I think the problem that people are refusing to accept is that actually different people react in a different way to carbohydrates and fat. So for some people the low carb diet will be perfect, however the low fat diet will be useless, and vice versa. We need a set of diets we can try so we can find the best one and not be told that there is only one diet everybody must follow.
If you want to find out which of the two is the best diet for you then you need to do a test, pick one of each kind and then follow them for 2 months each and document your progress. Keep careful notes not only on how much weight you lose on each, but how easy you find them and how they make you feel (if you get bloated etc) and by the end you should know which type you prefer. If you really can’t be bothered to do a test and find your ideal diet, then there is one solution… reduce both your fat and your carbohydrate intake, then you are following the advice of both camps and are guaranteed to get it right. The hardest part of that plan though is going to be reducing your carbohydrate intake, fat is easy to spot and easy to cut out, but you can find carbohydrates in almost all your favorite items, from the toast you eat in the morning to the potato chips you have at night. However by concentrating on cutting out as much sugar from your diet as possible then you not only eliminate a lot of carbohydrates, but probably a lot of fat too as you won’t be eating things like candy bars which have fat as well as carbs in them.
You also need to concentrate on cutting out rice and pasta wherever you can too, or at least the processed white rice and pasta. Instead go for smaller portions anyway, and then what you do have make the whole wheat variety which includes a lot more fiber and is better for you. Combine that with a generous helping of vegetables and a reasonably sized piece of lean meat and I think you really will have the perfect meal.
If you are looking for a diet to follow then read this Yayfood review which looks at a diet that doesn’t get as much media attention as it should, but people seem to love.