Experts Say This Is the Easiest Diet to Follow
Have you ever wondered why dieting feels impossible and rarely works? Is it because you haven’t found the right diet yet — or has your idea of dieting been twisted into something too unrealistic to stick with?
It turns out there’s at least one “diet” out there that doesn’t leave you feeling famished, broke, or miserable by the end of the second week. Experts have even called it the easiest diet to follow out of all the “official” diets on record. Have you tried it?
Why is dieting so hard?
The short answer is, dieting seems hard because most people approach it with unrealistic expectations. A diet is not something you do for two weeks with the hope of magically acquiring the body you’ve always wanted. It’s nearly impossible to lose weight quickly and keep it off. And restricting calories and nutrients creates more problems than it solves.
So why do some diets work and others don’t? Because they’re not really “diets” — at least, not the kind most people think of when desperate to lose weight in a matter of days.
The Mediterranean diet, for example, is more of a way of eating instead of a traditional diet. There are no meal plans, no “forbidden” foods, and no exaggerated promises. Guidelines are simple and flexible.
And those are just a few of the reasons experts have called it the easiest “diet” there is.
Why the Mediterranean diet is the easiest diet to follow
Expert panelists with U.S. News & World Report have ranked the Mediterranean diet as the No. 1 easiest diet to follow — ahead of the flexitarian and Weight Watchers diets. It’s not only nutritionally balanced and safe for everyone, but also relatively inexpensive, convenient, and simple.
- It doesn’t eliminate food groups
- It doesn’t restrict calories
- You’re allowed to eat dessert AND drink wine!
- You can easily eat out or order in
- Its recommended foods are super filling (thanks to fat and fiber)
- You might save time prepping meals in advance
- You don’t have to spend extra money on specific foods or programs.
Guidelines for following this diet are fairly loose. It doesn’t tell you how much to eat or what you “can’t” have. It’s basically a brief list of suggestions (in the form of a pyramid) to help you make better choices, eat more healthy foods, and eat fewer less healthy options.
Is the Mediterranean diet good for weight loss?
The Mediterranean diet ranks No. 14 in Best Weight Loss Diets. It doesn’t specify that you have to eat fewer calories to lose weight, so if you don’t cut back, you probably won’t see a huge weight change. It also doesn’t outright discourage many of the foods people tend to overindulge in, such as desserts.
Technically, the diet wasn’t designed as a weight loss plan — which is why it doesn’t rank in the top 10 among programs such as Weight Watchers. If your only end goal is to lose weight “as quickly as possible,” this probably isn’t the diet for you.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have health benefits. It’s good for your heart and has the potential to decrease your risk of the mental decline often associated with dementia. It encourages the consumption of healthy fats, lean proteins, and produce.
If you’re willing to make a long-term commitment to following an overall healthy way of eating, there’s no reason why you can’t lose weight and feel better. It just might happen gradually over many months instead of in a few weeks.