Choosing a diet that’s right for you

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a diet, according to dietitians and health experts.

Asking yourself why you’re dieting in the first place is the first step in determining how to proceed, said Deirdre Tobias, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a November 30, 2020 Today article. Tobias was among several experts offering advice on how to pick a diet that will work best for you.

Tobias recommended determining the diet’s purpose. Is it to manage a health condition, or to improve a health issue, or to manage weight? Based on answers to those questions, she said, “It may drastically change the avenue one should take when changing their diet.”

Tobias also advised ignoring anecdotal success stories about particular diets, seeking diets that are not overly restrictive, consulting with a dietician or clinician, and watching out for diets promoted with buzz words like “cleanse” or “detox,” which are often red flags for a diet that may be inflating its benefits.

Read the Today article: How to pick a diet that’s right for you, according to diet and behavior experts