US News & World Report recently came out with their Best Diets for 2018.
Tied for first were the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet.
The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods; includes meat, fish, poultry, nuts, and beans; and is limited in sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, red meat, and added fats.
The Mediterranean diet includes proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of non-fish meat products.
Third place was awarded to the Flexitarian diet (or semi-vegetarian), a plant-based diet with the occasional inclusion of meat.
Great to know, but which one is right for YOU?
The answer really all comes down to this question.
How LONG can you stay on a particular diet?
If you can only stick to it for a few days or weeks, then it might work for you in the short-term, but rarely are people able to sustain them long-term – that’s why they quit.
On the other hand, if your aim is to develop a healthy eating plan you can stick to the entire year (perhaps your entire life), then the right diet for you is going to be just that – the one you can sustain for a long time.
Is cutting out sugar completely sustainable?
What about never touching bread again?
The point here is to not confuse a short-term diet with a long-term diet.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t keep up a diet long-term that is supposed to be a short-term diet.
Sure, the quick weight loss of a short-term diet is exciting, but it’s simply not realistic in the long run.
The clients I work with aren’t interested in the short-term quick fix diets that take a few inches off your waist in 2 weeks in preparation for Spring Break in Cancun.
Those days are long gone and what’s more important now is being healthy and feeling healthy.
So, don’t be fooled by the short-term gains of the many diets out there; instead, find the one that works for you – the one you can keep for the long haul.
This is what I help my clients do and can help you do it too.
If you’ve tried tons of diets in your lifetime and you’re ready to stop messing with your metabolism and find a healthy way of eating that works for you, please reach out for help with this.
Don’t try it alone. It can be a hard, lonely, and discouraging process if you do.
Again, reach out for the support, guidance, and accountability that we ALL need when we’re making this important of a change in our lives.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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