Yet Another Reason to Not Jump on That Trendy New Diet Bandwagon

No one diet came out as the winner in a recent analysis of popular approaches to dieting.

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Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

You should probably forget about that diet. Not just for today, as in “Diet starts tomorrow!” but just in general. Because despite whatever dogma or evangelizing might sell you on one way of eating or another, it isn’t unequivocally the best or healthiest or only way to eat.

That’s the takeaway from an article in the latest issue of Annual Review of Public Health with the very Upworthy-esque title "Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health?" that looks at the medical evidence supporting and contradicting today’s mainstream diets. Yale’s David Katz and Stephanie Meller considered everything from Paleo and low carb to vegan and Mediterranean. Who was the winner in this Hunger Games of dieting trends? No one!

In this tournament of losers, Katz and Meller highlight some good ideas: "A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention," they write. Or, in other words, Michael Pollan somehow trumped the work of a whole ton of nutritionist and would-be diet gurus when he wrote, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” in 2007.

So there you have it: Science says stop dieting! Just as long as you’re eating plenty of vegetables and not too many processed foods, that is. 

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