A Answers (3)
Kat Barefield, MS, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredIn general, there is no such thing as a perfect diet. There are optimal eating patterns such as mostly eating whole grains, lean protein sources including fish, beans and plant proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables, etc. but even then there are nutrient gaps that are difficult to fill through food alone such as vitamin D.
Amy Jamieson-Petonic, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsI'm not so sure if there is a thing as a perfect diet. A registered dietitian can help you find a nutrition program that is tailored to meet your needs, which can help you live a healthier life. The RD will help you find a way to help you incorporate your favorite foods into a meal plan that is liveable, doable and sustainable. To find a Registered Dietitian in your area, go to www.eatright.org.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredThe “perfect” weight loss plan is one that provides adequate nutrients and that you can live with comfortably. Many of the diet books or websites out there might not be right for you. These may not be the perfect diet for you, but they might work well for someone else. Look for these features in a weight loss plan to see if it will work for you: Can you picture yourself eating this way ten years from now? While portion sizes can increase, and you can be a little more liberal with treats, eating to maintain weight loss does not look that different from eating to lose; Does the diet restrict foods or a nutrient category that you really enjoy? While eating for weight loss will involve some limitations, it does not have to eliminate any category of foods; Does the diet include strange or hard to find foods? Eating for weight loss can be challenging - Don’t add to it by creating an impossible shopping list; Does the diet require you to eat foods you hate? While this might seem practical (if you hate it you’ll eat less right?) you will probably end up substituting foods you like so it will not work for you; Does the diet promise that certain foods will help you lose the weight? Healthy foods in healthy amounts help you lose weight. There are no miracle weight loss foods.