In the 1980s, low-fat diets were all the rage. In the 1990s, low-carb diets took off. And in the early 2000s, people went back — way back — to their caveman days, embracing everything from the Paleo, Whole 30 and raw.
But, nutritionists are rethinking what they’ve learned about weight loss science — and finding that the best diet might just be no diet at all.
“I don’t believe in diets—they aren’t sustainable,” says Rachel Goldman, PhD, a psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. Ultimately, she says, many people turn to these ultra-trendy diets because they can lose weight quickly, which motivates them to keep going. But what might work in the short-term doesn’t necessarily work over the long-term.
Here’s why many of these fad diets fail — and what will really help you lose weight and stay healthy. ‍

Traditional weight loss diets versus “non diets”
Traditional fad diets often rely on gimmicks or unsustainable recommendations (cut x nutrient out entirely!) These diets are geared toward weight loss, so they generally encourage people to try to drop pounds quickly, sometimes in an unhealthy way. ‘Non diets’, which include approaches like ‘clean eating’ and ‘mindful eating’, do not have severe food restrictions or time limitations. No-diet diets tend to focus on your overall well-being, eating based on internal cues and following a food plan that’s sustainable over time.

Fad diets are hard to stick with.
‍“A lot of these diets are super strict and aren’t meant to last forever,” says Brooke Scheller, DCN, CNS, a doctor of clinical nutrition. For example, some of the more popular trends ban entire food groups, including dairy, legumes, and whole-grains. The problem, says Scheller, is that once people stop following the diet, they go back to their regular eating habits, which caused them to gain weight in the first place. ‍
Restrictive dieting can cause you to burn out.
‍Even short-term diets can backfire. Research shows that people only have a finite amount of willpower — and when they have to make too many decisions, they can later burn out and act impulsively. In a landmark study, researchers from Case Western University found that people who forced themselves to eat radishes instead of chocolate gave up on solving a puzzle faster than those who’d indulged in the sweets. “From a psychological perspective, when someone is too restrictive, it can later turn into a binge,” says Goldman. ‍

People often regain weight after they stop dieting.
‍Sure, slashing your calorie or carb intake may help you lose 10 or 15 pounds a month, but a 2018 research review in the Medical Clinics of North America reported that more than half of dieters regain the weight within two years. “The reality is that small changes make lasting changes,” says Goldman. “But it can be difficult to make small behavioral changes when your focus is solely on the number on the scale.”
The upshot: Long-term changes require long-term habits — not just a few weeks of depriving yourself of bread. Besides, unless you have an allergy (or are a vegan or vegetarian, for example), you don’t have to avoid entire food groups for the rest of your life in order to have a healthy diet. 

What is the no diet diet?
There is no one ‘right’ way to follow a ‘no diet diet’—there are different variations with the unifying themes being that it is not excessively restrictive or time-bound (i.e., lose 10 pounds in a month) and is a sustainable approach to healthy eating. The no-diet diet involves being thoughtful about your food choices, but not having to make complicated meal plans. It entails eating mindfully, portion control, hydrating, and ensuring you have enough energy to exercise, take care of yourself In the Freshly world, the non-diet revolves around integrating three simple eating principles into your everyday meals and snacks: less sugar, less processed foods and more nutrient-dense ingredients. 

Some nutritionists say rather than jumping on the latest diet bandwagon or trend, it’s time to consider embracing a “non-diet diet” — basically a set of guiding principles that can help you lose weight and keep it off for good.

Below you’ll find our concierge ideas for some yummy healthy snacks you can have on the go.

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Massaman Curry

PROTEIN OPTIONS * You have options for added protein or you can just stick with vegetables. 

To keep it vegan-friendly, follow the link above to make Crispy Peanut Tofu. 

Or, to keep this a 1-pot recipe, simply add (pressed) cubed extra-firm tofu to the curry in the last 10 minutes of cooking or sauté pressed tofu in a little oil and season with salt, pepper, and curry powder before cooking the curry. Set aside, then add back in in the last few minutes of cooking for best results. 

Alternatively, add meat such as shrimp or chicken to the curry once it’s simmering (during step 4) and simmer until cooked completely through.  * 
 CURRY * Heat a large pot or dutch oven (we like this one) over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water) and shallot. Sauté 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn down heat if browning too quickly.
 * Add whole cumin and coriander seeds (or powder) and sauté for another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add red curry paste and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute more.
 * Add potatoes and carrots and stir to coat. Cook for 2 minutes. Then add coconut milk, water (starting with the lesser amount), cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, coconut aminos, maple syrup, and peanut butter. (Reserve lime juice for later).
 * The liquid should cover all of the ingredients — if it does not, add a bit more coconut milk or water to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. 

Once it reaches a low boil, reduce heat to a simmer (add meat at this time if cooking with shrimp or chicken) and cook for 10-15 minutes uncovered. You don’t want it boiling, so ensure it’s cooking over low heat at a simmer.
 * Add lime in the last few minutes of cooking and stir. Then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime for acidity, salt or coconut aminos for saltiness, curry paste for heat / more intense curry taste, maple syrup for sweetness, cinnamon or nutmeg for warmth, or peanut butter for creaminess / more intense peanut flavor. 

Stir and cook a few minutes more. Then turn off heat and let stand for at least 5 minutes before serving (this allows the flavors to meld).
 * To serve, divide between serving bowls and enjoy as is or with a side of rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa, or steamed greens (optional). Fresh lime juice, cilantro, and roasted peanuts (optional) make lovely additions as well.
 STORAGE * Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan. Add more water or coconut milk as needed to rehydrate.

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