Nutrition FAQ #1 – What is the Best Diet?

By Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT

As a registered, licensed dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, I have gotten a lot of questions over the years and there’s a good chance that you may be curious about some of these as well. In this ten-part series, I’ll address the questions I have received the most over my almost 30 years in the field of nutrition and wellness.

Is it Keto? Intermittent Fasting? Vegan? Paleo?

There is no best diet. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. All of those diets listed have worked for someone at some time. However, they do not work for everyone. It is very important to figure out your own individual eating requirements. What we do know is that people who adopt an eating lifestyle that relies mostly on whole, unprocessed food do better with weight management and reducing risk of chronic disease.

Research has proven that there is NOT one weight loss diet that is superior for everyone. According to Dr. Sacks, et al, as reported in the New England Journal Medicine (2009), “Reduced-calorie diets result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize.”

Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT
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