In our pursuit of a deeper understanding of how we can quantify diet quality and satiety, my team and I spent four years analysing thousands of recipes from a range of popular diet plans.
Sadly, we found that the vast majority of them were significantly deficient in the essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that we all need!
This study from Cornell University analysed a range of meal plans provided by popular diets. The researchers found that ALL diet plans provided a pitiful amount of the essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids when you followed their plan.
They would leave you with nutritional deficiencies if you ate enough to maintain weight, let alone if you managed to eat smaller quantities of their recommended foods.
It doesn’t matter which named diet you follow. Eventually, your cravings for the nutrients you need will lead you to self-sabotage and undermine all your hard work if you are not getting the essential micronutrients that your body needs.
So, what’s the solution?
If you want to lose weight successfully with fewer cravings and less hunger, you need to find a way to pack more of the essential nutrients into every calorie of food you eat.