Keto, Paleo, vegan, low-carb. These diets, along with countless more trends, help many people lose weight. But there isn’t one single diet out there that works for everybody.
The quest to find the “Magic Diet” is becoming a myth as evidence mounts that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t exist.
Research shared by the American Society for Nutrition shows that different people may respond to the same foods very differently. Even among identical twins, the meals and diets that cut fat and lower blood sugar for one person may not affect or even raise it for somebody else.
These findings upend many commonly held notions about dieting, nutrition and weight loss.
“One way of eating is not going to work for everyone,” says Chelsea Tauer, registered dietitian at Aurora Health Care.
Creating a personalized plan for weight loss
What does this mean for our diets? It shines a light on creating a personalized diet – based on healthy habits – that will put your body in a position to shed pounds.
“Eating is individual. It is 100% customized to you,” says Tauer. “You must determine what is going to make you feel your best and what is going to be right for you.”
Regardless of the diet that works best for you, Tauer says that there are some basic tenets that everybody should follow to eat healthy:
- Eat a variety of foods
- Get enough sleep
- Drink enough water
- Manage and decrease stress
For those looking to lose weight, it can be easy to latch on to the newest fad or follow a list of dietary do’s and don’ts. But, as the research shows, these quick fixes don’t work for everybody. Tauer says it’s important to concentrate on the bigger picture and create eating and lifestyle changes that will lead to losing weight and a healthier outlook.
“To lose weight, accept where you are now, focus on one thing at a time, be consistent to help form habits, have accountability and accept the process,” says Tauer.