The Zoomer Report: Popular Diets

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Consumer Reports asked more than 9000 readers to rate nine popular diets on a 100-point satisfaction scale. Top marks went to a free website and smartphone app called MyFitnessPal, which includes a food and exercise diary.

• Number two was the Paleo Diet. It’s the ”eat-like-a-caveman” approach which focuses on lean meats, fruit, fish, and non-starchy vegetables. Users avoid cereal grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods.

• The Mediterranean Diet, came in third. Its followers eat plant-based meals with olive oil and limit dairy, red meat, and refined carbohydrates.

• An app called SparkPeople was fourth.

• And the South Beach Diet, based on healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, completed the top five.

According to the magazine, dieters were most satisfied with plans they could stick with and follow easily as opposed to those which led to the highest weight loss. The research suggests those who track their intake do better.

Overall, men lost more than women, with a median loss of 18 pounds, compared 15 for women.

Experts say the bottom line is that no one diet is for everyone, and finding an eating pattern that meets your lifestyle is key to long-term success.

Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report
Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.