Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I am hearing so much about dieting. Which one is best for me?


Q.  I am hearing so much about dieting. Which one is best for me?

Ok admit it. You can admit it too ... you have been victim to those crazy diets. Here are a few I remember ... Ice Cream Diet, Rice Diet, Peanut Butter Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet and all those crazy Celebrity Diets! After years of experience I can tell you none of these really work. Oh wait, you lost weight? Oh course you did ... at first.

You may not know this .... It is a natural tendency for our body to lose weight when any huge adjustment is made. This is your body's way of readjusting. Once your body is adjusted to the food change, back comes the weight this time gaining back more than you originally lost. This is called the YoYo Diet. Are you on that one?

Weight cycling (Yoyo Diet) causes:
  1. Gaining more weight
  2. Losing muscle mass
  3. Increasing fat tissue
  4. Increased low density (bad) cholesterol
  5. More likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  6. Negatively Impacts blood pressure
  7. Increased your risk of heart disease
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A. A diet at the core is fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds.

Yesterday the U.S. News World Report published Find the Diet Best for You. In the article the U.S. News evaluated 32 of the most popular diets and identified the best. I have to say it was a great article providing an overview of their idea of the best diets. Here is how it fell out:
  • Best overall diet - DASH Diet
  • Best weight loss diet - Weight Watchers Diet
  • Best diabetes diet - Mediterranean Diet (described as biggest loser)
  • Best heart healthy diet - Dean Ornish Diet
  • Best healthy eating - DASH Diet
  • Best plant based diet - Mediterranean / Flexiterian
All of these food plans have at the core fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds with variations on this theme. Some have beef, chicken, fish others milk products. Healthy choices are included in all these diets, just some are healthier than others. You health like your life is a journey. Enjoy it!  

To read the whole article about best diets click here

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Try to make too many changes at once. The hardest eating plan is the one you eliminate foods. It is much easier to fill you diet with healthy foods, and slowly eat less and less of the unhealthy ones.  


Stay away from processed foods by reading food labels such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, and sodium. A rule of thumb is if the food comes prepared by someone else, it most likely is the unhealthiest ... unless it's homemade.  

Your partner in health,

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Wellness Consultant
Health Coach

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