The latest diet trends say people need to make serious lifestyle changes, rather than just count calories, in order to achieve any success. NY1′s Health reporter Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
Those who are looking for a heart-healthy eating plan that can also help shake off the pounds may want to embrace the Mediterranean diet. That is the specialty at the farm-to-table Midtown restaurant Amali.
“The word ‘diet’ actually comes from the word ‘vieta.’ It is a Greek word which means ‘way of life,’” says Amali owner James Mallios.
Indeed, it may be time to change one’s “way of life” to the Mediterranean way, because it offers plenty of fruits, vegetables, fish, antioxidant-filled wine and, of course, olive oil.
Taking a page from the recipe book of the Mediterraneans, olive oil is a simple switch one can also do at home.
“The use of olive oil really helps just combat that first misuse of butters and heavy fats,” says Amali executive chef Devon Gilroy.
Meanwhile, the blood pressure-lowering DASH Diet Action Plan recently grabbed top honors from U.S. News World Report.
“As a nutritionist, we often want to make recommendations for things we should include instead of those you should take away,” says Dr. Lisa Young, a New York University professor. “The DASH Diet recommends eating foods high in calcium, lowfat dairy, potassium, which is lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fiber.”
Another lifestyle overhaul menu plan is the “The Carb Lovers Diet” from the editors of Health Magazine. It is so popular that the creators have just released a new cookbook as a follow-up to their 2010 New York Times bestseller.
“There are all kinds of studies, basically 200 or so, that said people need carbs and do better maintaining their weight if they have carbs on the plate,” says Health Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ellen Kunes.
“‘The Carb Lovers Diet’ is not about eating as many doughnuts and bagels and crackers as you can possibly get your hands on. It really focuses on the right types of carbohydrate,” says Frances Largeman-Roth, a registered dietician for Health Magazine. “We talk about ‘carb stars.’ ‘Carb stars’ include beans and legumes, whole grain pasta. Our number one carb star is a slightly green banana.”
So the next time you feel overwhelmed by any of these plans, just think “vieta” for sticking to a healthier way of life.