Question: Is there a perfect diet for weight loss?

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Is there an optimal diet for weight management and metabolic health?

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Big family dinner

People can lose body weight and improve health status on a nearly every diet your want to try. This general statement is true, but I would limit with the word “nearly” because going on an ice cream diet would probably not meet the mark. I would suggest that you avoid such restrictive diets that limit you to one food especially if it is one that is especially unhealthy or full of empty calories.

Diets can have a wide variety go foods and a range of caloric density and restricting dietary caloric intake is the key to a successful weight loss interventions. The effectiveness of the most commonly utilized diets is purely based on the ability of some one to maintain and sustain the deficit. There is nothing magical about creating this deficit, but there are certain tips that can assist with maintain a deficit and they center around promoting satiety.

Commercial programs exists and there is nothing special about these diets. Commercial slimming programs such come in all flavors and promote building a deficit and are dependent on being disciplined to not stray. This concept includes, Weight Watchers, Nutra-system, meal replacements, and intermittent fasting diets. You can be equally successful on a home based diet, but the commercial programs can build a social setting to encourage success.

Some diets suggest that you avoid artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners do not have calories. They do not cause a significant spike in insulin and promote an increased appetite. Artificial sweeteners in weight management as long as they do not increase your caloric consumption. If you eat more when you use artificial sweeteners, you probably should not use them.

Fat consumption does not cause obesity. Low-fat diets tend to Be high in sugar and / or carbohydrates and this can increase hunger. Hunger can increase caloric intake and snacking. Fat in general increase satiety and improved the flavor of the foods we eat. I strongly recommend against low fat diets, but I do recommend shifting to healthier mono- and poly-unsaturated fats.

When compared head to head, the difference between diets is marginal at best. All diets can provide successful weight loss if they induce a calorie deficit. Some are more successful than other but this is likely dependent on the person and not the diet itself. I lose weight better on a lower carbohydrate and fasting type diet and my wife does better on with vegetarian diet.

The bottom line: There is no perfect diet for weight loss or health. Individuals vary in preferences and ability to adhere to different diets. Optimizing adherence is the most important factor for weight loss success. Maintaining weight loss in the long term is a challenge and you must pick a diet you can enjoy and sustain.

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ChuckH
I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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