According to Prevention
magazine, "the most popular -- and successful -- diet today is the one we make up ourselves."
I suspect they're not talking about a donut and coffee grabbed on the way into the office, a rectangle of frozen food warmed in the lunchroom microwave
, and a pizza ordered in at dinnertime and enjoyed with a chilled beer or two. I'm sure that's a popular eating plan, but I doubt it rates as successful unless we're measuring in terms of how realistically we can relive our bachelor days.
No, these guys are talking weight loss, and how to personalize nutritional lore to meet your own specific needs. To that end, they present informed, practical suggestions on how to devise your own diet consisting of healthy eating habits that will stick.
Not all of their recommendations will work for every person, but the idea is you take what suits you and leave what doesn't. So even if sticking gold stars in your diet journal for every serving of veggies isn't exactly something you find motivating, maybe their suggestion to "picture your plate as a clock and limit your carbs to the space between noon and 3 pm" is precisely the kind of portion-control advice that will work for you.
The central premise is that you're more likely to stick to a diet and reach your weight-loss goals if you adapt the rules to fit your life, as opposed to adapting your life to fit a set of rules. Makes sense to me, but have a look for yourself
and tell me what you think.