“How can I lose weight?” Over time, millions of people have asked themselves that question. In fact, between 2015 and 2020, nearly one in four adults older than 20 reported that they were following a particular eating plan on a given day.
The most common diets followed are a weight loss or low-calorie diet, followed by a diet for diabetes management, a low-carb diet, and a low-fat or low-cholesterol diet.
Some diet plans, such as the MIND diet and the DASH diet, are meant to focus on specific health areas — and weight loss may be a bonus. Others are created with weight loss as a primary goal. It is necessary to remember that we are all very unique individuals. We all have different states of health and lifestyles, which could affect what diet plan is best for us. That means that you should not be considering what is working for your friends or family members — and instead should pay attention to what works for you individually.
Many diet plans cut out entire food groups, which can create nutrient deficiencies and health problems. For example, if the diet lacks carbohydrates and the dieter has type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, it’s probably not a good fit.
It’s important to understand that a reduction in weight for overweight individuals can significantly impact multiple health conditions. Many overweight people also report improved mood, increased self-esteem, motivation, and healthier after losing weight.