Diets and healthy eating

There has been a lot of coverage in the news recently regarding diets and which ones are generally the most beneficial. The different types appeal to many people, the kinds of food they allow may make one appear more favourable to another, but diets are known to go in and out of fashion quite often. Despite this, according to a report from the BBC, a study has shown that all diets can have a similar outcome in terms of weight loss, providing they are maintained.

The study observed a range of diets including the Atkins, Weight Watchers and South Beach, and concluded that the results presented after a 12-month period of observation did not differ greatly between them. However, as the article explains, the study only compared them for their weight-loss benefits. It did not look into other health issues which may be associated with them, such as levels of cholesterol, which can be a detrimental factor.

As well as the study on diets, the BBC also reports on how eating healthily is something the brain can learn to like. The study that determined this looked at a diet designed to make sure participants weren’t left feeling hungry, and the article goes on to explain how craving unhealthy foods is something that is learnt by the brain through repeatedly eating said foods.

Although preliminary, the results of this study show how sensitivity towards unhealthy food was decreased in those that took part, showing how with training, the brain can be taught to enjoy, and ultimately crave healthy food more than unhealthy food.

The NHS Choices website provides a wealth of information on a variety of different diets as well as different food groups. As with any diet, it’s important to be aware of how it can affect all aspects of your health before committing to it.

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