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The best diets for weight loss, rated by dietitians

por Charley Hopley (2021-02-10)

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Find out what dieticians think about popular weight loss diets like Whole30 and Keto.
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Weight loss is one of the most common health goals, but it's also one of the most overwhelming. With so much information out there about the best weight loss programs, workouts and diets for losing weight, it's hard to know where to start or what will work for you.  That said, some people want to have a specific plan to follow that can help them achieve their goals. If you're exploring different diets or eating styles that may work for you, penis enlargement medicine name dietitians Amy Gorin and Dr. Shayna Peter help break down the pros and cons of different diets based on research, and their experiences with clients in their own practices. We've also investigated the pros and cons of paid weight loss programs, but here we are looking at diets that you can follow for free, or for the cost of a book or guide about the diet.

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Foundations of a healthy diet for weight loss When looking for a diet that will work for you, you need to consider various factors, including if it's realistic for you to follow, if you like the foods involved and if the diet has any potential health benefits or risks you should be aware of.  In general, Gorin and Dr. Peter say you should look for the following when considering a healthy diet plan: It includes plenty of whole foods and balanced macro groups "When I counsel people for weight loss or for healthy eating in general, I typically advise eating vegetables or fruit at every meal and adding a lean protein (for instance, tofu, beans, salmon or chicken breast), a healthy fat (such as avocado, olive oil, or olives) and a whole grain like brown rice or quinoa to every meal. This combination of food sticks with you for longer and provides a multitude of nutrients," Gorin says.  It's sustainable  "I like looking at weight loss as making long-lasting small lifestyle changes, versus doing sweeping changes that you might be less likely to stick to," Gorin says.  Whenever you are considering changing your diet, always consult your doctor and consider consulting with a dietitian or nutritionist before making a drastic change. "Don't jump on whatever diet plan your friends are doing. Speak with a nutrition professional who can help you identify the eating plan that is most suitable for you. Go with a program that is sustainable, even if the weight loss is slower," Dr. Peter says. 5 diets evaluated by dietitians  gettyimages-1210308633Whole30 is a variation on the elimination diet that cuts out grains, dairy, and other refined foods.
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Whole30 diet Whole30 is a popular challenge developed by sports nutritionist Melissa Hartwig-Urban. It's basically a form of the elimination diet, where you remove certain foods for a period of time that could be causing adverse medical symptoms, like a recurring upset stomach. Although it's not technically marketed or meant for weight loss, some people do lose weight during the 30-day challenge.  ProsIf you use a Whole30 challenge as a tool for identifying food sensitivities or foods that trigger negative symptoms, it could be helpful for you. "[Whole30] is a structured elimination diet similar to paleo and helpful for identifying food triggers," Dr. Peter says.Cons"The diet is so restrictive -- if you slip up even once and eat a bite of pizza or a spoonful of ice cream, you have to reset and start over on the diet. I haven't found this type of unforgiving mentality to work with my clients," Gorin says. When it comes to weight loss, Whole30 is pretty restrictive and hard to follow, meaning the chances you'll be able to stick to it are pretty low. Also, since Whole30 isn't designed for weight loss, you can technically follow the plan and not lose any weight, if you aren't also paying attention to portion sizes and macronutrient ratios.