How to make sense of dietary advice
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