What is the Best Diet for Weight Loss

You want to lose a few pounds, and this time you’re determined to keep up your healthy habits. So, where to begin? Should you stop eating carbs or switch to whole grains? Stop eating meat or eat a lot of protein?

Andrea Dunn, RD, who is a registered dietitian, says that there is no one right answer. She says, “The best diet is the one you’re going to stick to.” “And I’m not saying that in jest! There is no one diet that fits everyone’s needs, personalities, lifestyles, or food preferences.

Diets backed by science:

Fad diets have been around since the beginning of time. Most of them come and go because they don’t work in the long run. Dunn says that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you should start with a solidly scientific eating plan.

Here are the top three she chose:

Mediterranean diet:

Dunn says that the Mediterranean diet isn’t really a diet. “It’s more a way of life.” This plan is based on the way people in the Mediterranean eat, so it has a lot of plant-based foods.

Get plenty of vegetables, beans, and other legumes. Instead of red meat, eat fish and seafood a few times a week. As a sweet treat, eat fruit, and as a snack, eat nuts. Olive oil is the best fat to use.

Studies show that the Mediterranean diet helps people lose weight and lowers their risk of heart attack and stroke.

Who it’s good for: If you don’t eat a lot of meat and like vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains, the Mediterranean diet is a good choice.

Moderate protein plan:

Dunn often recommends a diet she calls a “moderate protein plan,” but it could also be called a “moderate carbohydrate plan.” This plan still puts a lot of focus on whole grains and fruits and vegetables and limits processed foods and added sugar. But it lets people who like to eat meat get more animal proteins.

How it works: Using this diet, you should try to:

  • Protein makes up 30% of the calories you eat every day.
  • 30% from fat.
  • 40% comes from carbs.

The benefits: A higher-protein diet helps many people feel less hungry, which makes it easier to stick to the plan.

Who it’s good for: This diet is great for people who love making spreadsheets or using apps that let them keep track of everything they eat. “This is the plan for you if you love math,” says Dunn.

DASH diet :

The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, began as a way to study how to stop high blood pressure. Dunn says that this way of eating can also help lower cholesterol and lose weight.

The basics: The DASH plan tells you how many servings of each food group you should eat.

Benefits: Studies have shown that DASH does help lower blood pressure, but it’s even better at lowering cholesterol.

Who it’s good for: This diet is great for people who plan their meals around food groups and don’t want to count calories.

Find your best diet:

Some people do well on different diets. Some people love the low-carb, high-fat keto diet. Some people swear by intermittent fasting, which is when you don’t eat on certain days or times of the day.

Dunn says to stay away from plans that ban whole food groups. Also, stay away from diets that promise you’ll lose more than 1 or 2 pounds a week quickly. She says, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Also, think about whether or not your new diet is something you can really keep up for a long time. “It’s about matching your lifestyle with the foods you like and what will work best for you in the long run,” says Dunn. “You shouldn’t feel deprived or ripped off.”

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