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In a world with processed or genetically modified foods that can be loaded with sugar, fats, or excessive amount of sodium, it can be a challenge to figure out the best foods to eat for your health. Therefore, seeking the guidance of a professional such as your physician or a nutritionist is crucial. Often, people seek out an influencer or celebrity's health and wellness advice.
Actor and wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow recently went viral after sharing her diet routine in an interview. The most shared and shocking portion of her routine involved what she eats on a typical day. Her starter is coffee, while she enjoys bone broth for lunch and finishes the day with vegetables. This diet is paired with daily exercise, intermittent fasting, and steaming.
The interview shows Gwyneth appearing visibly gaunt, with sunken eyes. This is a common sign of dehydration that accompanies an eating disorder. The actress posted a video defending her routine just days after the initial interview. It should be noted that she was wearing sunglasses and sitting under low lighting during the video.
Experts quickly pointed out the danger of the general public following Gwyneth Paltrow’s routine and how habits like hers could lead to disordered eating.
Rather than following celebrity advice, people can try well-known diet routines that offer balanced and varied options.
Multiple health experts and researchers have determined the so-called best overall diet plan. The ratings of diets were based on several metrics, including heart health, weight loss, and ease of following and sustaining the diet as a lifestyle. The winner was the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is colorful, can be budget-friendly, and has a variety of possible combinations that could be modified to different cultural tastes.
The diet primarily consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fish. Fat mainly comes from olive oil. Red meats are generally avoided when following the diet. Likewise, dairy, eggs, and fowl are reduced. While not extremely restrictive, this variety of ingredients paired with spices and seasonings can provide savory, sweet, or spicy dishes.
This is a tradeoff for some who like to indulge because there is an unexpected perk in the Mediterranean diet that is generally taboo with other diets. This diet allows for the consumption of wine in moderation. Wine has been shown to aid in heart health.
The combination of good fats, whole foods, and high fiber provides heart health and perfect conditions for a feeling of fullness that can aid in weight loss.
Because of the non-restrictive nature of the Mediterranean diet, you are still free to enjoy coffee and bone broth. However, enjoying whole foods is likely a more straightforward and satiating regimen to follow. As always, it is best to follow the advice of a medical professional for your own needs, especially if you already have a health condition.
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