The word stimulates many emotions. There is the comfort of warm soup on a chilly day, and on the other hand, there is the regret of overeating at a holiday dinner.
Physically and emotionally, food is a necessity of life.
Every year, after the holidays and as a new year begins, fitness, diet, healthy habits and weight loss are prime topics of discussion.
Although choosing a diet plan can be daunting, a good diet will make you feel better.
Choosing a diet for the “New You in the New Year” can be tricky. Doing research and consulting a doctor are wise approaches. It would be convenient if there were a one-size-fits-all diet, but such is not the case.
To help with the research, we describe the three most popular diets.
In 2022, U.S. News and World Report consulted with a panel of diet, nutrition and health experts and ranked diet plans.
They found that the most popular plan is the Mediterranean diet.
The Mediterranean plan is akin to an overall change for the betterment of a person’s eating lifestyle.
The diet recommends eating a variety of foods at each meal, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, legumes, nuts, spices and whole grains, often prepared with a healthy dose of extra virgin olive oil.
Fish and seafood are to be eaten at least twice a week. Eggs, poultry, cheese and yogurt can be eaten in moderation. Red meat is eaten sparingly.
Sweet treats are replaced by fruit, but it is acceptable to have a small portion of sweets on special occasions a few times per year. An occasional glass of red wine is also permitted.
According to the expert panel, eating small portions of a variety of nutrient-rich foods promotes heart health, reduces inflammation, and may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
The report describes the Mediterranean diet as family friendly. It can also be easily converted to vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free diets, and it is filled with budget friendly foods.
There appears to be a lot of freedom in the plan. There is no calorie counting. There are no points to track. There are no off-limit…