There are so many diets out there, most of which leave people hungry, lethargic and at times – unhealthy. It can be hard to differentiate between diets that promote healthy lifestyles and unhealthy lifestyles, particularly when we hear of celebs that ‘lost five pounds on the juicing diet’.
With all of these diets floating around and attempting to claim they are the secret to weight loss, it can be pretty difficult to know what diet is most effective at helping you stay healthy and lose a wee bit of weight.
Christopher Gardner, a research professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine spoke on November 14th at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions annual meeting in New Orleans about the best diets for weight loss.
Gardner thinks that rather than determining the ‘best’ diet overall, we should be focused on the best diet for us.
Not only does this mean that we should find a diet we can actually stick to, but a diet that works for our lifestyle. If you are a fanatic gym bunny your diet needs to differ from your part-time yogi friend.
In saying this, Gardner highlighted the three things that some of the most effective diets had in common.
- Include plenty of vegetables
- Avoid sugars
- Avoid refined grains
It sounds like common sense if we are honest, much like it is to know that the juicing diet is not an effective long term lifestyle.
So know that we know what we shouldn’t eat, here are a few things you can add into your diet to get more goodness in your life.
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh fruit – avoid dried where possible
- Whole legumes (beans, peas, lentils)
- Porridge. It is sooo good for your skin!
- Green Tea. This is also great for your metabolism and if you are always tired.
At the end of the day, nothing is 100% good for you. The trick is to eat everything in moderation, remember the food pyramid!