Dieting: Old News is Good News

The Annual Review of Public Health recently released a study undertaken by the Yale University School of Public Health titles: Can We Say What Diet is Best for Health? The study analyzes the major popular diets including low-carb, vegan, paleo, etc. and comes up with a fairly predictable and well known conclusion: A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.

imagesoldnewsOften, when studies of this sort emerge, there is a chorus of: they had to spend all of that money and time to figure that out, I could have told you that myself. However, in a “diet-obsessed” world, the fundamentals often become clouded by competing claims and the search for the quick and/or easy fix. So, if this knowledge is so obvious, why aren’t most of us heeding it?

Perhaps the reason that so many of us aren’t “eating right” is because we are focusing solely on short term weight loss with xenical and not on long term, lifestyle changes that make us healthier. The irony is that if we heed this well known advice, we will generally take off weight as one of the many benefits of healthier eating. Telling ourselves, and our children(!), that smarter food choices make us healthier and more energetic while providing us with the myriad of food choices necessary to get pleasure from food will move us in the right direction. The weight loss will, inevitably, follow.