Experts Break Down the Best and Worst Diets for 2021
World Report and US News recently released their list for Best Diets in 2021, which is carefully curated annually by a panel of experts. This panel evaluates trending diets on the basis of their nutritional value, safety, effectiveness for weight loss, and how easy it is to follow. Another factor weighing heavily on their rank is their effectiveness in preventing heart disease and diabetes.
Additionally, there are a few aspects you should be conscientious of while adopting a new diet:
– if you’re losing weight but your emotional or physical health is being compromised, the diet is neither healthy nor sustainable; and
– to lose weight consistently, you need to develop habits you can see yourself following for the next couple of months or years. If this seems too difficult for you, it’s better to look into other more suitable plans.
Without further ado, let’s get right into it.
Top-Ranking Diets For 2021
– Mediterranean Diet
This is the third year that the Mediterranean diet ranked first place. For quite some time, the diet has been reigning superior as the gold standard for nutrition, longevity, disease prevention, and wellness. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, pulses, and nuts, with olive oil being the only liquid fat in use.
It naturally provides a wide range of anti-inflammatory antioxidants while limiting sugar, processed foods, and red meat. Research proves that people living along the Mediterranean coast following the region’s traditional diet on average have a lower risk of chronic diseases and generally live longer. The diet has also proven to be an excellent guard against depression.
– MIND Diet
MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. As the name makes clear, the diet is an amalgamation of the DASH and Mediterranean diets, with a particular focus on improving brain health. The diet is designed especially for age-related cognitive decline and the prevention of dementia.
Instead of setting meal plans, it directs followers to target eating more brain-defending foods, including leafy greens, beans, berries, nuts, whole grains, poultry, fish, and olive oil. It recommends no more than a glass of wine per day in terms of alcohol, with an added preference for red wine. The diet also limits foods known for hindering brain health, such as margarine, butter, fried food, red meat, cheese, sweets, and pastries.
Worst Diets for 2021
The diets listed to be the worst in 2021 are the Keto diet and the Dukan diet. While both diets showed initial progress in weight loss, they are widely deprecated for potential nutrient deficiency, extreme restrictiveness, and lack of long-term research for health outcomes. As a rule of thumb, these are the primary factors to take into account while selecting a new diet.
Health and wellbeing should be everyone’s topmost priority. At the same time, not everything trending on the internet is worth following. Before starting a diet, be sure to run it by Google to find what experts think about them. This will help ensure that your primary goal, i.e., maintaining prime physical and emotional health, is achieved.
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