How to Eat Healthy: A Guide to Popular Diets on the Market

You do not have to spend on a lot on food or equipment to eat well. You do not have to follow the latest fat. Nothing is going to magically make the weight come off. Instead, eating well and being healthy is all about selecting good foods. You want them to be fresh. You want to avoid processed and packaged items. If you do so, slowly but surely, you will get the results you want. Too many people are in a hurry these days. They want immediate results. And, while there are certainly programs out there that will help you drop a few pounds quickly, they do not help you maintain your weight loss over time. That is why you must make a lifestyle change, and you have to be okay with it. Eat well, but eat foods that you like. You must be committed to change.

It is also important to keep in mind that the numbers on the scale do not necessarily indicate whether you are healthy or not. You could be eating badly in an attempt to slim down, and that is not good for your overall health. You do not want to avoid certain food groups or take supplements every day that are not proven to work. Many people want to lose weight so badly that they make poor choices.

Madelyn Fenstrom, who penned “The Real You Diet,” states that many people stop thinking clearly when they are on a weight loss journey. They do not care that they are not eating correctly. Losing weight seems to be the only thing that matters. But, it is important to understand that your body must stay healthy and happy, too.

Our rankings of the Best Diets in 2015 help you learn about 35 different diets and how healthy they are for you. These include Weight Watchers and Atkins. U.S. News also has rankings for the Best Diets for Healthy Eating. Each is assigned a number, with 1 being the worse and 5 being the best, according to how safe and nutritious they are. Safety is weighted more heavily than nutrition; this is because you can sometimes account for nutritional deficiencies, but you cannot do anything about the safety of a diet.

The scores are given by several nutrition and diet experts chosen by the U.S. News. They evaluated the diets according to seven categories. There is crossover between the rankings for the Best Diets for Healthy Eating and the Best Diets Overall. Several diets stood out, including the Mayo Clinic, Mediterranean, DASH, Volumetrics and TLC diets.

Andrea Giancoli, a member of the panel, stated that those diets that got high marks for nutrition and safety were alike in several ways. Those that were found to be healthy, for example, focused on getting the correct number of calories through whole grains, fruits and vegetables. They are plant-based and also pushed nonfat dairy, healthy fats and lean protein. These diets told participants that it was okay to indulge and have a treat every once in a while. They avoid processed meals as much as possible.

Plant-based diets are on the rise, so they have their own category in the U.S. News rankings report. In addition, because so many people have difficulty eating certain foods, there is information on diets that help with digestion, like the gluten-free diet. These do not have rankings, because they are not generally used to lose weight.

Most of the diets are relatively healthy and relatively safe. The exception to this rule would be the Atkins, Paleo, Macrobiotic, Dukan, Fast, Raw Food and Supercharged Hormone diets. Their scores fell below a 3, because they encourage participants to cut back too much on particular food groups. They are simply not very nutritious; for example, the Paleo diet focuses on meat to the exclusion of dairy and grains, so it would be very difficult for participants to get the vitamin D and calcium that they need. Atkins restricts carbohydrates, so followers wind up with a lot of fat in their diet. The Raw Food Diet makes it hard to get enough vitamin D, calcium and vitamin B-12. Also, because it cuts out so many foods, participants are at risk for consuming food that has not been properly cooked.

Use common sense when starting a new diet. If you do not feel well and experience exhaustion, dizziness or trouble sleeping, you should be concerned. Healthy weight loss is good for your body, so it should not make you feel bad.