Having trouble deciding which diet is best for you? Here’s why you should stop stressing out about it…
It’s no secret that there are practically a bazillion diets out there these days – and every one claims to be the best. If you’re confused between Paleo, Primal, Vegan, Ketogenic, low-carb, low-fat, high-fat, high-protein, or the infinite variations thereof, you’re not alone. The sheer number of diets available today is enough to make just about anyone a bit neurotic about food!
Fortunately, both research and common sense show that which diet you choose may not make as much difference as simply choosing one and sticking to it. As the infographic below explains, while every diet has its pros and cons, most diets are designed to make you healthier overall, so don’t stress yourself out about choosing the “right” one.
That said, keep in mind that everyone’s body responds differently to different eating plans. If you try a diet that you don’t enjoy, have trouble sticking to, or experience negative side effects from, there is no shame in trying something different. This is where the sheer number of variations can come in handy.
For example, if you try a Ketogenic diet and find it too restrictive, or experience negative side effects, a less extreme version of a low-carb diet may be more appropriate for you.
Likewise, if you try Paleo but find you really can’t live without a bit of cheese in your life, you may want to try the slightly less restrictive Primal approach. (We often discuss various diets on this site, so if you’re wondering what any of these are about, feel free to browse our archives on healthy eating topics to learn more.)
But as the image below explains, in general, most people can simply choose an eating plan that includes more whole, natural foods, and less processed foods, and you’ll be on the right track to better health!
Image Source: Positive Health Wellness
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