As a health writer, I am so of the asked, “Is there are perfect diet to lose weight.?”
From paleo, to keto, to Mediterranean, everyone seems to have an answer to that question. But now, famed “diet doctor,” Dr. Michael Greger, says he has the definitive answer.
Greger says that chances are your diet is full of “CRAP” — an acronym for “calorie-rich and processed” foods — that’s making weight loss impossible and health problems worse. His solution is a simple one: eat a whole-food, plant-based diet. It’s naturally high in fiber and low in calorie density. This means you can eat as much as you want — no calorie counting or portion control required!
“It’s a diet that minimizes the intake of meat, eggs, dairy, and processed junk, and maximizes the intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes like beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds, mushrooms — basically, real food that grows out of the ground. Those are our healthiest choices,” Greger said, during a recent interview on TODAY.
“The strategy is to improve the quality of food rather than restricting the quantity of food, so it doesn’t leave you hungry. That’s a diet you can stick with. You get a boost of energy, better digestion, and better sleep.”
Greger, who’s been eating a plant-based diet since 1990, said it doesn’t matter what people eat on their birthday, the holidays or other special occasions. It’s the day-to-day decisions that really add up, so it’s important to eat as many these whole plant foods as possible consistently.
He also suggests that you become a fan of vinegar. “Consume two teaspoons of vinegar with each meal — it ramps up an enzyme that tells your body you’re low on energy, so you burn more fat to recharge your batteries,” Greger said. It has to be vinegar — acetic acid — not lemon juice or any other acid. He warns, however, “Never drink vinegar straight to avoid damage to your esophagus and tooth enamel, Instead, dilute it in water or drizzle it on a salad.” Any kind of vinegar will do, though Greger prefers apple cider or balsamic because it has other beneficial nutrients in it.
Some of Greger’s other weight loss tips include: front-loading calories in the beginning of the day, and never eat anything past 7PM. And, he say, if you could make only one healthier dietary choice, it would be to ditch the soda and sugary soft drinks