26 Dec What’s Really the Best Diet Out There?
Forty-five million Americans set out on a diet each year, and it’s no wonder since 70-percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. And while millions of Americans set out to lose weight, it seems that as few as 5-percent manage to keep the weight off long-term. Because of this, it seems there’s always a new diet being featured on morning TV or in health magazines promising to finally be the answer to everyone’s diet prayers, but is there really one diet out there that can work for all of us?
What the science says
It may be that we’re making it more complicated than it needs to be. A recent scientific review looked at several of the most popular diets and lifestyle modification methods and found them all to be helpful in reducing weight, with the weight returning after their efforts were discontinued. Another study published earlier this year looked at the difference of weight loss either following a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet over a 12-month period and found no significant difference between them. What these studies suggest, is that it’s likely that just the act of limiting what we eat and cutting calories, no matter where you cut them from, will result in weight loss. That would mean there really is no one diet that’s the key to weight loss success.
So what’s the answer?
The answer lies in going back to healthy eating basics and keeping it simple. Instead of waiting for the next magic bullet diet to surface, focus on filling your plate with whole foods we’ve always known are good for us – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and lean sources of animal and vegetable protein. And since all of us come with our own set of medical history and health conditions, likes and dislikes, working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) can be a great way to get an individualized approach to helping you meet your health and wellness goals. To find a RDN in your area, head to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics website and click on FIND AN EXPERT on the bottom right corner.
If you’re still looking for a plan to follow, check out the DASH Diet and the Mediterranean Diet, which are both healthy eating plans that don’t come with a list of complicated rules to follow or a forbidden food list. In fact, U.S. News ranked both of these plans as the best diets for 2018. Another good resource is the USDA Choose My Plate websites, which highlights key recommendations on how to improve your eating habits. The website also helps find the number of calories and number of servings from each food group that’s recommended for you.
TELL ME: Is there a diet you plan on trying in 2019? Tell me in the comments what it is and I will write all about it.