Why we need to abandon the myth of the miracle diet once and for all

Five years ago, I decided to convert to a paleo diet. A lifelong vegetarian and believer in low-fat foods, the diet, which eliminates wheat and sugar while encouraging followers to consume plenty of meat, made me lose weight instantly. The extra protein made my nails grow stronger; my hair looked shinier.

I was converted.

And yet, six months into my new healthy lifestyle, I began struggling with a deluge of unexpected health problems. I woke up with heartburn, and went to bed with chronic stomachaches. My doctor seemed unable to fix my newfound ailments beyond a suggestion to pop Tums like Tic Tacs.

Desperate for alternative answers, I decided to visit an Ayurvedic doctor. He introduced me to the idea that everyone should eat according to their dosha, also known as a person’s mind/body type.

Years after abandoning the paleo diet, I continue to apply the wisdom of Ayurvedic nutrition: no two bodies are alike, and everyone requires personalized diet plans to meet their health and wellness needs.

Multiple studies, including those published in respected scientific journals Cell and PLoS One, have confirmed that lifestyle and genetics play an important role in determining nutrition. But even without science, you’d think we could have reached a similar conclusion. The health and wellness industries premiere new fad diets on an almost weekly basis. Each is marketed as the only answer to weight loss, vitality and health. But anyone who has tried a fad diet – from the popular Atkins diets of the 2000s to the juice cleanses of the early 2010s – knows that the regimens rarely work. And even when they do yield some results, the restrictive guidelines are never sustainable.

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