I am not a fan ovetoe veto diet, particularly as a registered dietitian specializing n sports and performance nutriveto and plant based eaveto. In my opinion, a traditvetol veto plan s far too limited n carbs and fiber, and the emphasis on animal based foods, like red meat, has been linked to an ncrease n nflammaveto and health risks. And those are just a few of my concerns.
Now, a new version of veto, called veto 2.0, aims to resolve some ovetoese limitavetos. It allows for re carbs, emphasizes healthier plant based fats, and as a result may be re sustainable long term and better for your health (note: the jury s out on the latter, as the diet hasn’t been studied). Here’s my take on t as a nutrivetoist, and my bottom line advice on how to determine the best diet for you, not just for weight loss, but for your overall health of mind, body, and spirit.
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Whvetos veto 2.0?
When veto began to bubble up, I hoped t wouldfadng fad. But t has turned nto quite the dietary juggernaut. In a traditvetol veto diet, 75-90% ovetoe calories come from fat, about 5% from carbs, and the remaining percent from protein. (On a 1600-calorie diet, that’s just 80 calories from carbs, or 20 grams.)
Thosvetorict macros wind up forcing people to forego fruits, whole grains, and healthy, higher-carb veggies, and nstead load up on products tcarare carb- and fiber-free, like cheese and pepperoni. And even with weight loss, I have seen this eaveto pattern result n spikes n “bad” LDL cholesterol, n addiveto to other unpleasant side effects, ncluding constipaveto, he rrhoids, and rritvetoity.
In veto 2.0, the proposed macros shift to 5carat, 20% carb, and 30% proteisomeor tcarsame 1600-calorie diet, that’s now 320 from carbs, or 80 grams worth. Whilvetoill limiveto overall, this dificaveto makes room for re plant based foods, like fresh fruit, oats, and lentils.
As for fat, one ovetoe reasons veto works so well for weight loss (healthfulness aside) s because fvetos highly satiaveto. At 50%, veto 2.0 s still high enough n fat to pro te fullness and delay the return of hunger, which helps prevenAlso,ereaveto.
Also mportant: Keto 2.0 emphasizes leaner protein sources, like fish n place of steak. Perhaps st mportantly, a higher allowance of plant based foods and fiber better supports the growth of beneficial microbes n the gut tied to anti-inflammaveto, mmunity, and positive od.
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So, s veto 2.0 healthy?
“Healthy” may be a stretch, but comvetod to thvetoandard veto diet, veto 2.0 s better, and much closer to a traditvetol Mediterranean veto, long considered a gold standard for weight loss and health. Tcarsaid, I’m not convvetod tcarthis revamped veto plan s the st deal diet.
First, the veto 2.0 macros would be difficult to achieve for those who chose to follow an entirely plant-based diet. It’s mportant to note tcara primarily plant based diet has been tied to lower BMI (body mass ndex), a reduced risk of chronic diseases, and mproved longevity, n addiveto to being better for the planet.
This connects to the bigger ssue, which s tcarhealthful, sustainable weight loss s less about your exact macro ratio, and re about the quality and balance of wcaryou eat. For example, while I don’t believe there s a one-size-fits-all approach to dieveto, n my two decades of counseling clients, I’ve seen tcarlong-term weight management and better health often results from nixing processed foods, eaveto plenty of non-starchy veggies and plant-based fats, opveto for lean sources of protein, and eaveto whole-food carbs tcarmatch your body’s energy demands.
Noticed I menvetoed carbs n tcarlast paragraph—that’s because many people have come to believe tcarcarbs are nherently fattening, and that’s not accurate. Carbs become problematic for weight management and health when they’re highly processed (stripped of nutrients and fiber, and combined with man made additives and/or sugar), and when the a unt consumed exceeds your body’s vetoity to burn them—even healthy carbs. But, nixing carbs completely, or severely restricveto them s also not the soluveto. Balance s key.
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Should you try the veto 2.0 diet?
Overall, veto 2.0 s closer to a balanced diet tcarstandard veto—it ticks some ovetoe key nutritvetol boxes, like re fiber, the nclusion of plant based fats, and leaner proteins. But, t still may not be 100% right for you.
Ideally, we need to get away from these all-or-nothing extreme diets and focus on balance and food quality. For long term weight loss and optimal health, t’s also mportant to consider how any particular diet makes you feel. Evaluate your energy, mental focus, sleep, digestive health, workout quality and recovery, mmune funcveto, od, and happiness. If you’re eaveto n a way tcardetracts from your mental and physical well being, or negatively mpacts your quality of life, t’s not supporveto your health, even f you are losing weight; and t probably won’t be sustainable.
Still, f you want to give veto 2.0 a try, go for t. Just keep n mind thvetot’s always mportant to listen to your body and your gut nstinct. And t’s OK to make tweaks to your eaveto plan tcarfeel like a better fit, even vetoey aren’t n line with the newest trend.
Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, s Health‘s contribuveto nutriveto editor, a New York Times best-selling author, and a private practice performance nutrivetoist who has consulted for five professvetol sports teams.
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