Hoping to lose weight this year? 45 million Americans are right there with you. Here’s what you need to know to do it right.
Who hasn’t been tempted to jump-start a new year by embarking on one of those popular “miracle” diets that are all over the news? Not so fast! Turns out that many fad diets eliminate entire food groups and may lack essential nutrients necessary for good health (like dietary fiber and carbohydrates). The trendy paleo diet, for instance, lacks whole grains, dairy and legumes, says Kate Patton, a registered dietitian with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute. And because dietary needs—and the ability to utilize and absorb nutrients—change with age, it’s more important than ever to focus on a high-quality diet once you reach your 50s.
A good diet, Patton says, is a well-balanced one.