PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It has been referred to as “Quarantine-19”, “Covid-20” and other terms that make us feel better about the weight we gained during the pandemic.
The fact is, once you’ve gained a few pounds, you are far from being alone and the diet industry benefits from it.
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The weight loss industry is valued at over $ 70 billion a year, and that number is expected to grow only as the numbers on the scales.
US News and World Report publishes a list of the top diet plans each year. This year, registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick of the Cleveland Clinic is at the forefront of the Mediterranean diet.
“If we look at people in the Mediterranean, they live longer and better than people in other parts of the planet. Of course that makes sense. [the] The Mediterranean diet puts a lot of emphasis on whole grains, fatty fish olive oil, fruits and vegetables, and a very moderate amount of alcohol, ”said Kirkpatrick.
The Dash Diet, which combats high blood pressure and diabetes, ranks second on the list but is linked to the Flexitarian Diet.
Weight Watchers holds fourth place, followed by the Mayo Clinic Diet.
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Kirkpatrick says if you are concerned about your memory and your future, the MIND diet, which is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the Dash diet, should be your go to.
“This diet, if strictly followed, has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia by about 53%,” she said. “So this is really a brain-boosting diet.”
While the word diet includes the word “THE,” Kirkpatrick says, if you see it that way, you may want to consider an alternative.
“If you are on a diet and it’s nothing but withdrawal and you’re unhappy, this is not the diet for you and the chances are you won’t get the weight down,” she said.
So think about what you want to achieve: a lifestyle change, weight loss and choose an appropriate diet.
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At this link, you can read the best diets from US News and World Report and find one that suits your needs.