Rob’s “Best Diets 2018”

  • Our good friends the Vegans have a firm grasp on the fact that the way we are currently raising, slaughtering, and processing the animals we eat is really freaking bad for the animals, our environment, and our health.
  • Our Paleo buddies understand that some of foods that a lot of us eat regularly — and have been told are “healthy” — may be playing a role not only in our expanding waistlines, but a host of other health problems, and that there’s so much more to optimal health than food and movement.
  • Flexible dieters know that finding foods we enjoy — in the context of the nutritional needs that move us towards our goals — is critical to long term success, and that food is not a moral issue.
  • The intermittent fasting camp get that it’s totally okay — and in some ways beneficial — to go hungry every once in a while.
  • All those programs pushing shakes and pre-made meals have the convenience factor down.
  • Weight Watchers is killing it when it comes to the value of being part of a community, and also knows a thing or two about simplicity in tracking compliance.
  • Those in the keto/low-carb crowd gets that the war on fat is about as legitimate as the war on drugs, and that proper blood glucose management is critical not only for body composition but also for long term physical and mental health.
  • The low-fat folk have proven to us that Hell is real, and that there is no God.
  1. Increased intake of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, which help us feel satisfied and encourage appropriate appetite signals.
  2. Emphasis on nutrient-dense foods that support the countless physiological processes that keep us healthy.
  3. Decreased intake of hyper-palatable foods — often highly engineered combinations of sugar, fat, salt, and contrasting textures — that promote overconsumption.
  4. Reduced exposure to foods and ingredients that contribute to chronic inflammation and disease.
  5. An overall awareness of the impact of what how we eat, move, and live on how we look, feel, and perform that results in ongoing investment in our health across many lifestyle factors.

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