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The Great Debate: Navigating Through Today’s Popular Diet Trends

New diets are constantly emerging in the public domain, each one promising to be better than the last. In the U.S., weight loss is a multi-billion-dollar industry, which is the primary motivation of businesses and authors to develop the latest and greatest products and books. Before you begin a popular new diet, become an informed consumer. It’s important to set yourself up for success with a sustainable approach to eating well. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular diets today from a nutrition perspective.

Paleo Diet: AKA The Caveman Diet

Eating like our ancestors includes animals, animal products like eggs or honey, vegetables, fruits, nuts, some grass-fed dairy and properly prepared legumes.


Ketogenic Diet:

A very high fat, moderate protein, very low carbohydrate diet that helps the body burn fat as fuel.

The Military Diet:

3-day meal plan, claims to produce a weight loss of 10+ pounds in a week

Clean Eating:

Promotes whole, minimally processed foods, plentiful fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, no added sugar or processed foods.

HMR Diet:  Health Management Resources Dietvsco_081014

Extremely low calorie diet consisting of meal replacement shakes, bars, soups, and supplemental fruits and vegetables.


Following a plan that promises weight loss and and an improved quality of life can seem like the best course of action when you’re not feeling great about your body or health. However, the vast majority of diet plans are not designed to be healthy for us long-term and they do not make transitioning to a sustainable eating approach easy. In fact, most diets tend to instill a state of mind that makes us feel deprived and either “on track” or “off the rails”. They can lead to irregular eating patterns and behaviors that do not support a healthy relationship with food. If the promises of a diet sound too good to be true, they probably are. Increased restrictions with food rarely ends well.

Despite all the prescriptive, restrictive options out there, the simplest approach of all is best: listen to your body. Set realistic goals, keeping in mind if your objectives are not extreme, your eating plan does not need to be either.

About me

Jeanne Reilly is a nutrition and lifestyle coach, consultant, fitness enthusiast, and home chef. She knows the media and social norms today do us no favors when it comes to a balanced relationship with our bodies, food and fitness. Through working to overcome her own struggles with health and mindset, Jeanne cultivated a passion for helping others re-discover the innate freedom that comes with a positive, fruitful relationship with food and movement. Good nutrition does not have to be complicated. Individuals and groups now work with Jeanne to form and seamlessly incorporate habit-based, sustainable practices that enable them to achieve and maintain all their goals for a lifetime.

One Reply to “The Great Debate: Navigating Through Today’s Popular Diet Trends”

  1. Perfect Bar Team,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this post about the pros/cons. You’re 100% right that each of these plans has a set of pros, but more often than not, the cons far outweigh them. I wish I knew sooner how dangerous it is to buy into the diet mentality. After struggling with an eating disorder for over a year now, I never imagined I would need to re-build my relationship with food. I can happily say, though, that the healthiest choices are made in moderation, including dessert 🙂

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