Despite what certain health gurus or doctors may have you believe, recent trials have shown that weight loss and disease prevention are less affected by following a fad diet and more affected by how well you adhere to your personal diet and fitness goals. In fact, the difference in weight loss between numerous fad diets (low-fat, South Beach, Atkins, Zone, paleo, mediterranean) was less than 2.2 pounds.
This is good news if you want to let go of any diet-dogma that might have your panties in a bunch. Diet-dogma hides the importance of long-term habit change and developing a consistent exercise plan. In the end, the pursuit of a fad diet and the hyperfocus on finding the ideal amount of fats, carbohydrates, and protein to eat turns out to be a fantasy.
What we’re left with then if we want measurable disease prevention and weight loss, now that we’ve buried the perfect diet idea, is finding a whole-foods approach that is broad, appealing and satiating enough to encourage us to stick to it long-term.
We vote for a lifestyle that focuses on whole foods minus toxic triggers.