I am sure you know someone that is ‘gluten free’, ‘dairy free’, on the keto diet, on the macro diet (when I googled ‘how many diets there are’ I couldn’t get an exact number, but there are currently several lists of the ‘9 most popular diet trends’ circulating widely). The list of diet trends or different ways to eat is endless and if so many people are on these-why aren’t we healthier and happier?
I belong to a Nutrition and dietetics e-mail list that sends out weekly nutrition updates. The one from a few weeks ago, really caught my eye ‘More Americans on diets from a decade ago, report finds’ 1 . Why aren’t these ‘diets’ working? Furthermore, why do people deprive themselves of so many meal times and foods, with little to no results? As a teacher and a dietitian, I always tell my clients and students: diets don’t work because they don’t fit into your life very well and they don’t teach you how to eat when ‘life happens’, (which is all the time).
This list is endless, but I find myself repeating the above things more often than not to clients and students.
Personally, I don’t follow any strict diet or popular trend. However,I do eat a LOT of fruits and vegetables and try to include them in all my snacks and meals. Furthermore, I also snack often throughout the day to prevent that ‘hangry’ feeling in the late afternoon. Additionally, when I eat dessert (which I do often) I use small coffee cups for ice cream (my favorite dessert) or buy the small but really good chocolates (Lindt or Godiva squares) and then throw them at the top of my pantry where I can’t just grab one on the fly.
I wish there was one popular diet trend that would work best. Unfortunately, there are none. You have to look at your weakness and try to make a plan that will work for you. However, there are lots of tips and tricks out there and you may have found one that works for you. If you have, let me know! I would love to add it to my arsenal of tips and tricks to share with others.
Lastly, while we can’t control the ‘trends’ or the constant supply of snacks everywhere or the size of the treat, you can make some minor adjustments in your day to increase your chances of success. Above all, make sure that any new eating plan you choose will actually fit into YOUR life so that you can stick to it!
To your health.
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