BY Barbara Brody
Bodies are not one-size-fits-all, and weight-loss plans aren’t either. Here’s how to find a personalized diet that fits your goals, health needs, and lifestyle.
Weighing the options
In theory, losing weight should be easy: Eat fewer calories than you burn, and—presto!—the pounds will start to fall off. But as anyone who has ever tried to slim down knows, the reality is far more complicated.
“Humans are bio-individuals. Of course, we are all the same species, but we have vastly different nutrition and health needs because of varying factors such as age, gender, medication use, supplement use, physical activity level, medical conditions, sleep habits, allergies, intolerances, cultural preferences, schedules, budgets, and so on,” says Monica Auslander Moreno, RD, a nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition and founder of Essence Nutrition in Miami. “Choosing a dietary pattern that is appropriate for someone else may be wildly inappropriate, foolish, or downright dangerous for you.”