Sometimes solid nutrition falls by the wayside as we focus more on weight loss than our overall health. This is especially true when following a diet plan. We often expect that the creators have a better knowledge of nutrition and have thus given the topic real consideration. Yet many of these diets focus too much on cutting calories by cutting out certain foods, instead of encouraging us to balance overall nutrition, which is what promoting lasting healthy weight loss is about. In fact, many popular diet plans can actually create nutritional deficiencies harmful to our heart, bones, mood, and nervous system!
In a study published this month, researchers from Stanford University in California compared the nutrient quality of four popular diet plans: Atkins, Zone, LEARN, and the Ornish diet. Their goal was to investigate whether intake of essential nutrients was adequate in these diet plans, or if it declined as fat and/or carbs were cut. Read more