Most diet trends tend to come and go (baby food, anyone?). But sometimes a diet takes off, and it seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Thinking of making the leap? Be sure to do your research.
“It can be tempting to try a new diet, especially if you see others having some success with it,” says dietitian Katherine Basbaum. “But keep in mind that just because a diet is popular doesn’t mean it’s good for you.”
Diet Trends in 2018
For those seeking a healthier way to eat, Basbaum recommends the annual ranking of top diets produced by U.S. News and World Report. This list narrows down the hundreds of diet options by rating each diet on the following criteria:
- How easy it is to follow
- Ability to produce short- and long-term weight loss
- Nutritional completeness
- Potential for preventing and managing diabetes and heart disease.
Rising to the top of this list in 2018, the Mediterranean Diet has become the gold standard, while other diets you may have heard a lot about recently don’t make the cut. In a recent UVA Healthy Balance blog post, we asked Basbaum to break down some of the pros and cons of a few of today’s diet trends, including Whole 30, intermittent fasting and Flexitarian.
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