Today, the DietBet Daily Carrot is to look into weight loss programs. Do a Google search for “weight loss programs” and get ready to dig. The Wikipedia page on dieting is a wormhole, with sub-articles on low-fat diets, low-calorie diets, low-carb diets, and more, each of which link to more sub-articles (which all inevitably lead back to philosophy–here’s a Wikipedia article about how all Wikipedia articles lead back to philosophy).
Anyway, which diet is right for you? Fit for Life? Forks Over Knives? Body By Vi? It really depends on your dietary needs, allergies, metabolism, physical activity levels, and the foods you like. And just to clarify, by “diet” I mean the foods you eat every day, not a get-slim-quick scheme that only lasts a month. Going on a diet is much different than changing your diet in order to be healthy.
The main thing I keep track of is my calorie intake through MyFitnessPal. I go for raw and whole foods, and all-natural items when I get stuff like peanut butter, granola bars, tortillas, juices, etc. But don’t let the “all-natural” label fool you. Sugar is natural. So are fatty oils. And so is castoreum, a “natural flavoring” produced by our furry beaver friends. I’m always reading labels and doing research. I’m really wary of artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate (MSG), partially hydrogenated oils, and creepy stuff like that. If I have a bad feeling, I simply put the item back. It takes a little while for your palette to adjust, but once it does, the foods without all the added sugars and fillers taste better than anything you’ve had before. Find a peanut butter with just peanuts in it. After the first jar, you’ll never eat the fake stuff again.
In the end, the best diet for me is the diet I’ve made for myself. I know what I like and don’t like. I know what I need to watch out for (gummy worms and Cheezits). I’ve tried a few programs, and borrowed some of their approaches, but nothing has ever been the end-all, be-all for me. Some people prefer the structure of a program, though, so don’t rule them out completely. Just be sure you’re choosing something that works for you and something that is safe.