Diet trends: What to try, what to skip

  • Paleo diet


    The Paleo diet is based on emulating the way cavemen must have eaten: no dairy, no refined sugar, no processed foods. Instead, meat, fish, and lots of fresh vegetables and fruit -- the fare of hunter/gatherers -- defines this diet trend.

    While you may see pounds drop once you cut out all the bread, cookies, and ice cream, it may be a tough diet to follow over the long haul, said Lenox Hill Hospital nutritionist Sharon Zarabi.

    "It's still popular, especially with cross-fitters and fitness enthusiasts who do high-intensity training," said Zarabi. But it limits anything processed or out of a box, making it challenging for busy people. "I think diets are more about how realistic they are for a person," she said.

    The Paleo diet doesn't include legumes and dairy, a restriction that doesn't make sense to Keri Glassman, a diet and nutrition contributing editor for Women's Health magazine. "There's no reason not to eat legumes. Yogurt has a place in the diet, too," said Glassman, who calls her modified version of it "Paleo plus."

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