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SPR 2018

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DW Life > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 43 ISTOCKPHOTO By Paula Derrow O n paper, losing weight looks like an easy proposition— eat less, exercise more, and voilà, you're back into your skinny jeans before you know it. But there's a reason the diet industry raked in more than $66 billion last year, and it's this: most diets, however popular, are hard to keep up—and falling off the wagon can lead to even more weight gain. at's why many experts believe you shouldn't consider your weight-loss efforts a "diet" at all, but a way of eating. "It's better to think of foods you can add to your plate, rather than what you're taking away," says Angela Lemond, a registered dietitian, nutrition- ist, and co-owner of Lemond Nutrition. So where does that leave the women who say they want to lose weight? One-third of Americans are obese. If you want to take off pounds, "the best diet is the one that you'll be able to stick with," says Rekha Kumar, MD, an endocrinologist and medical director of the Board of Obesity Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medicine in New York City. In a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that compared a number of popular diets, including low carb and low fat, the researchers found very few differences in weight loss among various plans. e right diet is "any diet that a patient will adhere to in order to lose weight," the authors concluded. With that in mind, Dr. Kumar and Angela Lemond evaluate six popular diet plans in terms of stick-to-itiveness and overall healthfulness. To Your Health Should you try Paleo or Atkins, Whole30 or maybe even go vegan to lose weight? The experts' answers may surprise you. DW Life > The Diets that Really Work (and a Few That Don't) Paleo Diet and Whole30 HOW THEY WORK: e Paleo diet is meant to mimic the way people ate in "caveman" times—basically, it eliminates grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods, refined sugar, vegetable oils, and salt. at leaves so-called basic foods that hunter-gatherers might have been able to get their hands on, including fresh fruits and vegetables; grass-fed meat; seafood; eggs; nuts and seeds; and healthful oils. Whole30 takes the restrictions one step further, eliminating sugars in- cluding even naturally occurring sugars such as honey and maple syrup. WHAT THE EXPERTS LIKE: If you're looking for a way to lose weight quickly—to fit into a dress for an upcoming wedding, for instance— you'll likely drop pounds if you stick with either of these plans, agree Dr. Kumar and Lemond. Paleo and Whole30 may also be good options

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