Is this the World's Best Diet?
It's not paleo, it's not vegan, it's not vegetarian, it's not Mediterranean, and its not Nordic.
It's called quite boldly, The World's Best Diet.
But is it really?
The diet is based on a study of more than 770 people. On the scheme of things, this doesn't seem like a very huge number of people. However, the study lasted around 1 year, and its quite a feat to get people to change their diets to an acceptable scientific level, for a long period of time. So it's a worthy number of people for the study's results to be valid.
How did it work?
Researchers placed people on a range of different diets according to GI level of foods ie. how quickly a food can spike your blood sugar, and differing ratios of protein and carbohydrates.
What did they discover?
Not so shockingly, a higher protein, lower carb and low GI diet fared the best. People lost weight. Which is great, but long term, the issue is getting people to stay at that lower weight and not put it all back on. This style of diet did it best.
What does the diet do?
It appears to help reduce weight and keep it off. It also showed reduced inflammatory markers in participants - this means their risk of chronic disease had reduced.
What to eat?
Robust low GI carbs. Think fresh vegetables, and dense, grainy foods like rye bread, pumpernickel and barley. Proteins including fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and dairy foods.
This is where gluten free packaged products fall down nutritionally - they usually have refined flours, low fibre content and don't contain much 'substance' to keep you full and fuel your body with nutrients. Buckwheat and almond meal based breads would be your best choice.
The diet steers away from refined grains. White rice, white bread etc. They found the reason why we can eat so much of them and still feel hungry isn't just because they are higher GI and cause our blood sugar to go up and down quickly; it's because they're digested so quickly that they never reach the cells found deep in our gut, (like the more robust unrefined grains do), that once stimulated, produce one of the satiety hormones we need to feel full.
A nutrient rich diet that includes a variety of quality low GI foods, and a good amount of protein, is definitely something I agree with!
If you need assistance with finding out what kinds of things to eat for a diet like this, or whether it would work for you, send me an email or give me a call. I offer Skype, Telephone and Face to Face consultations in my Pyrmont practice and would love to help you find the diet that suits you best!