The constant train of diet advice and counter-study proof in the medical and nutrition fields can seem overwhelming at times. Often, you might wonder if the food you're eating today was a better idea last week than it is this week. Our hour today on a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggesting low-carb diets lead to greater weight loss than low fat meals.
"The low-carb group lost an average of 7.7 pounds more than the low-fat group," our guest and study co-author Dr. Lydia Bazzano told us today.
So what should you eat? We asked Dr. Bazzano and our other guests, Dr. David Katz and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian for their recommendations in the grocery store, and we've collected some of their suggestions here. (We should note, of course, that diet recommendations, even by doctors, can't be 100 percent guaranteed in all cases; figure out what works for you, and stick with it.)
It's also worth noting: even though our guests don't all agree on the best way forward, they do all agree that a return to vegetables, fruits, nuts and other "wholesome" hearty foods is the best way to eat right.
Foods Worth Scooping Up For A More Balanced Diet
- Green, Leafy Vegetables (Salad greens, spinach, eggplant, broccoli)
- Fruits (Blueberries, etc)
- Greek yogurt
- Lean proteins (chicken, fish)
- Healthy fats and proteins (nuts, seeds and vegetables)
- Freshly prepared meats
Foods You Should Probably Avoid
- Butter (in excess)
- Processed "junk food"
- Low-fat processed meat products
- High-sugar, highly processed snack items