Finding a diet that is right for you

By: Ellen Fisher MS RD LDN

Each year Google reveals the top diet searches of the year. For 2016, those diets included the DASH diet, the pizza diet, and the taco diet.

All diets have one goal in mind: to reduce calories so that you lose weight.

A professor of nutrition at Harvard recently conducted a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in which he concluded that “reduced calorie diets that are successful in causing weight loss can emphasize a range of fat, protein, and carbohydrate compositions that have beneficial effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”

Wait. What does that mean?

What it means is that the same diet may not work for everyone, BUT in order for a diet to work, it does need to contain fewer calories than what you would eat regularly.

But don’t just search on Google for your next diet … talk to your doctor or your health coach, too. In addition, think about your eating habits, what your barriers are (including budget and time), your food preferences, and your health conditions.

Remember, any diet can work in the short term but you want to make sure your choices are safe, sustainable, and something you can stick with. Changing your diet is not about making one BIG change or sticking to just one food or eliminating one food group: it’s about making little changes over time and then making those changes stick.

UPMC Health Plan members can learn more about adopting healthy lifestyle changes by calling a health coach at 1-855-217-8762.



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