Today was a special edition of Good Food Friday on a Wednesday! Did you tune in? I shares how to avoid diet disasters in honor National Nutrition Month.
What do you mean by Diet Disasters?
Diet Disasters are short-term approaches to achieve quick weight loss or optimal health that seem promising, but aren’t sustainable or rooted in science. In fact, many can do more harm than good especially if they call for cutting out entire food groups. For example, cutting out dairy foods could result in under consuming vitamin D and calcium, which are vital for keeping bones strong.
What is the best diet?
US News & World Report ranked the Mediterranean Diet as the top diet but I like to think of as more of a lifestyle. It encourages a variety of foods, with an emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and dairy like cheese and yogurt.
What is our next Diet Disaster?
Store-bought juices seem healthy, but many of them can have as much sugar as a candy bar plus they lack protein and fiber to keep us satisfied. A homemade smoothie is a better option. Adding whole fruits and vegetables means that are getting filling fiber. Then adding real cow’s milk adds 8 grams of high-quality protein and a slew of vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D.
For those looking to quick start weight loss, is fasting a good option?
Skipping meals is another one of our diet disasters that can lead to over eating later. I recommend smaller meals and snacks throughout the day, starting with a protein-rich breakfast which research shows can lead to better weight management. Eggs muffins can be personalized with different veggies and cheese and milk, which both provide high-quality protein.
What is the bottom line?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Research shows that balanced varied eating, regular exercise and a good nights sleep is the best prescription for health.