What do successful diets have in common?

Undergoing unwise diets could be one of the leading causes of premature death and chronic diseases. On the contrary, optimal nutrition is associated with longer life expectancy.


The industry to lose weight (in the form of books, diets, pills and endless remedies) is today mega-millionaire. Losing weight seems to be the dream goal for millions of people. Although the followers of each diet defend and ensure that their plans are the best, the reality is that successful and healthier diets share many things with each other.

Among so many proposals, we have to separate the grain from the straw, that is, what works from what does not. If we consider all types of diets effective and scientifically contrasted and join all the points where they coincide, we will discover the authentic keys to keep us slim.

How do successful diets coincide?
According to an analysis by  Yale University,  successful diets are based on natural foods and with very little processed content. To understand it better, next we review those characteristics in which they undoubtedly coincide.

1. Can be maintained long term
Good nutrition should become your lifestyle, so healthy diets are easy to follow in the long term. In fact, experts claim that they should become a simple habit for the rest of life.
Undergoing  unwise diets could be one of the leading causes of premature death and chronic diseases. On the contrary, optimal feeding is associated with longer life expectancy, according to Yale University.


2. Successful diets eliminate sugar
This may sound like "low carb" advocates. However, restricting and even eliminating white sugar has now become a point of almost absolute consensus that even reflects the World Health Organization in its nutrition recommendations.
Today we know that sugar favors the liver to manufacture body fat as well as the increase of bad cholesterol and triglycerides. In general, its consumption interferes with physical and mental well-being.


3. Include vegetables
Even diets restricted in carbohydrates, such as the paleodiet, in its various variants, emphasize the consumption of abundant vegetables (broccoli, artichokes, green beans, cabbages, spinach, peppers.
Some diets that work can restrict the fruit (although all accept some non-glycemic fruit such as green apple or berries), but in the case of vegetables the message is clear: eat plenty .

4. Promote moderate weight loss
Diets such as biproteinada or Perricone, rated among the best to lose weight by the European Medical Institute of Obesity (IMEO), have in common that promote healthy weight loss, because it is that you eliminate the kilos you have more and your health is better.

5. Successful diets focus on quality
Since not only the amount of food that is eaten matters, but also that they are of the best quality. It does not mean that everything has to be organic and fresh , since there are products like whole wheat pasta that are really healthy.


6. Eliminate trans fats , restrict industrial vegetable fats
The debate about trans  fats  (we identify them on labels as "hydrogenated fats" or "partially hydrogenated fats") has been closed for some time: they are the worst conceivable dietary fats. Even the state of California is prohibited by law from using it in restaurants.

Trans  fats  are really artificial, laboratory fats (technically produced by hydrogenated vegetable fats), and produce inflammation in the body, cardiovascular diseases and endless health problems.
Industrial vegetable fats (sunflower, soy and corn), although less questioned, are at least limited in all successful dietary programs. This type of fats are associated with oxidation, inflammation and vascular problems. Instead, all diets that work recommend extra virgin olive oil.

7. They are satiating
Living hungry, whether you try to lose weight or fight diabetes through diet, is not a requirement. Healthy eating plans include the amounts of food, calories and nutrients needed for your body to be satisfied and have enough energy.

Now that you know what successful diets have in common, we recommend you follow the one that best suits your condition. If you have any questions, consult a professional. The doctor or nutritionist can help you choose a diet according to your current health status, age, habits, among other factors.
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