What is the best weight loss diet for you? I weigh out the pros, cons and comparisons as a dietitian!
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain it, or just improve your energy and performance, choosing the right plan for you can be tricky. You can’t pick up a magazine without reading about the latest “hot diet” to try. It can get confusing even for a dietitian like me! To help you wade through the choices and choose the best plan for you, I have compiled a variety of diets, as well as some of their possible pros and cons. This will hopefully help you decide on the best weight loss diet for you.
Since the word “diet” simply just means a way of eating, my suggestion to you is to choose a weight loss diet that you feel you can live with for the rest of your life. And maybe you’ll even find that it’s not about weight loss at all. Love bread? You probably shouldn’t go paleo. On a tight budget? You may want to avoid the commercial diet product programs. Have a family to feed and please? They may hate you if you only eat raw. Whatever you choose to try, I urge you to consider it a lifestyle shift that you and your family can live with happily. This is why I personally practice Mindfulness and a general Heart Healthy diet. I try to listen and honour my body’s unique needs and cravings, while sticking to a general eating pattern that includes a variety of fibre-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains, lean proteins, and low fat dairy. I feel happy and healthy, so that’s how I know it’s “working” – not necessarily by the number on the scale or size of my clothes. That’s my nutrition “truth” – it’s up to you to find yours and through that, your best weight loss diet.
What’s the Best Weight Loss Diet for You?
Read on, share with your friends, and keep this weight loss diet infographic on hand the next time you find yourself struggling with food. A big thank you to my fantastic nutrition student Katie Brunke for compiling the literature and creating this snazzy infographic!
Updated on November 19th, 2016
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.