January. New year, new beginning! It’s the most popular time of the year to go on a diet. But in the view of a registered dietitian, better health and weight loss or maintenance begin not with fad diets but with choices that, over time, become habits — supporting lifelong change through tangible, actionable strategies that you can adapt for any scenario.
First, here are the basics for a healthy approach to better eating habits:
- Pack on the produce: veggies and fruit
- Prioritize good-for-you fats: plant-based oils and other unsaturated fats
- Eat more seafood: fatty fish plus crustaceans and mollusks
- Choose 100% whole grains: farro, buckwheat, bulgur, wheat, and oats
- Enjoy conscious indulgences: chocolate, sweets, and baked goods in moderation
- Think inclusive vs. exclusive: full-fat and low-fat dairy, prioritizing quality over quantity
- Provide enrichment of multiple varieties: cooking with herbs and spices, enjoying favorite restaurants, and trying new flavors
The Best and Most Sustainable Diets/Eating Plans:
- Mediterranean Diet
- DASH Diet (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension)
- The Volumetrics Diet
Source: Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN. Good Housekeeping Institute. Written December 10, 2018. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a25176749/best-diets-2019/?platform=hootsuite. Accessed January 1, 2019.