How to make sense of di­etary ad­vice

Lesotho Times - - Health -

LOS­ING weight is one of the top New Year’s res­o­lu­tions ev­ery year and if you’re fal­ter­ing in your re­solve now, there is a slew of in­for­ma­tion in the form of diet books and web­sites that claim to help you reach your ideal weight.

But the mes­sages and prod­ucts de­signed to help with (and cap­i­talise on) our de­sire to eat bet­ter and be health­ier can be con­tra­dic­tory and con­fus­ing.

Search the most popular diet books on­line and you’ll find meat-heavy pa­leo plans com­pet­ing with guides for be­com­ing ve­gan, old­world Mediter­ranean di­ets fac­ing off with mod­ern juice cleanses and plans pro­mot­ing fast­ing against those ad­vo­cat­ing drink­ing but­ter.

To the lay­man, each may seem to make sense in its own way, yet each es­sen­tially op­poses the other.

The same can be said of the re­ported health and nu­tri­tion re­search. Ev­ery other week you read about a study that flies in the face of one the week be­fore. All this back-and-forth can be paralysing.

But if you take a step back and sur­vey the land­scape with a broader lens, you’ll see that de­spite the vast dif­fer­ences in di­etary ad­vice, there are cer­tain com­mon de­nom­i­na­tors, prin­ci­ples that vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one agrees on, that go be­yond fads and fren­zies and have held up for decades.

By shift­ing your at­ten­tion from the next big thing to th­ese core truths, you can es­cape the noise and fo­cus on mak­ing changes that stand the test of time.

Eat more veg­eta­bles

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