Ask the Dietitian: What is the best diet?

Q: How will you know what diet works best for you?

A: In general I don’t recommend “diets.” The word “diet” tends to infer to a short-term change in eating habits that a person will not stick with his or her whole life. Instead of finding the right diet, one should look at how he/she is eating and determine what changes can be made to be healthier. These changes are called “lifestyle changes” and can be followed throughout life. Here are some examples of lifestyle changes that can lead to a healthier you:

  • Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables
  • Try a new recipe each week
  • Eat breakfast every morning
  • Reduce fast food consumption
  • Decrease portion sizes
  • Eat supper with your family at least three times a week
  • Involve your children in the meal planning process
  • Learn how to read a nutrition label

These are just some examples; there are countless lifestyle changes that can be incorporated into your daily life. If you are looking for a specific meal plan, visit a registered dietitian who can give you ideas that are centered around your specific needs. Remember with diet programs, diet pills and “magic shakes,” if it sounds too good to be true, it is.