In the article, ARRP dissects most of the diet fads and concludes that the Mediterranean diet is probably the best “Fix” for those with a weight or health problem. The reports concludes the following:
It’s proven: A permanent diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy fats, with an occasional glass of red wine, is the healthy way to lose weight and keep it off. Even better: A new study found that older adults who follow this diet (sic the Mediterranean diet) had higher mental function.
Readers of Gourmet Living should not be surprised by these revelations, but what is surprising are the critiques leveled at many of the current health and diet fads in the AARP article. Found below are just a few:
The Paleo Diet
“From a short-term perspective, research has shown good results from the paleo diet. The catch? Excluding dairy, grains and beans means people may not get enough calcium, vitamin D and fiber, all important for older adults.”
Cleanses and Detox Diets
“Will you lose weight? Sure. But it would temporary and highly risky. Remember: Between your liver, kidneys and other organs, your body is already well-designed to detoxify itself.”
“Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly those called EPA and DHA, are essential for normal brain function. But dietary supplements aren’t a quick fix: It takes two and half years to build up an adequate supply of omega-3s in your brain cells.”
“Keto diets – with most calories from fats and some from protein – force your body to draw fuel from stored fat, rather than from blood sugar derived from carbs. Any diet that limits bread or sugar will help you lose weight. But a 2017 analysis concluded that maintaining weight loss ‘is a major problem’ . . . ”
Weight Loss Supplements and Teas
“The National Institutes of Health says the science behind claims for supplements is ‘inconclusive and unconvincing.’ This includes herbal teas that promote weight loss but accomplish it through diuretic water loss, not fat loss.”
There are more “Fads and Fixes” in this short but convincing AARP article on Health Fads. Needless to say, those who follow the rather simple and straightforward guidelines of the Mediterranean diet will already realize its benefits.