Whether it’s for health or weight loss, we are all striving to figure out the best way to feed ourselves. This article points out why:
- A way of eating may be therapeutic for one person, and useless or even dangerous for another
- Eating in any way that doesn’t include accessing your own internal wisdom isn’t optimal
- What’s most important is taking a long term approach to healthy eating.
When U.S. News and World Reports asked health experts to rank 38 different diets overall, DASH and Mediterranean came in first and second, respectively. The experts considered whether they were “easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and heart disease.” A number of well known fad diets fared poorly in the rankings: Slim Fast (#20), South Beach (#24), Glycemic Index Diet (#25), The Zone (#25), Medifast (#29), Raw Food (#32), Atkins (#35), and Paleo (#36).
But Bullat takes an even larger perspective of fad diets. Rather than nitpicking the particular details of each individual diet, she questions the idea of going on a diet in the first place.