When clients tell me about their attempts to lose weight, I find that many cherries pick tactics from different diets to create a hodgepodge of strategies that work for them. It’s a savvy way to find a just right approach that generates results and has staying power—a must for keeping lost pounds at bay.
Now, researchers at the Université Laval in Canada believe they have found their own magic combo. Dubbed the “satiating diet” and touted as a hybrid of the Mediterranean and keto diets, it supports weight loss and good health, and doesn’t require extreme measures, proponents say. I looked into it, and here’s what I found.
What is the satiating diet?
According to a 2017 study by the Canadian researchers, the satiating diet consists of the following daily: at least four servings each of whole veggies and fruits; 5 servings of high fiber whole grains (with at least 4 g of fiber per portion); lean protein in every meal (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, or tofu); nuts and seeds, avocado, and other healthy plant fats; at least one legume meal per week; and the consumption of hot peppers or red peppers.
Does it help with weight loss?
The results of the aforementioned small study seem to indicate so—at least for obese men. The study of the diet tracked obese men. Thirty-four followed the satiating plan, which provided 20–25% of calories from protein, 45-50% from carbs, and 30-35% from fat for 16 weeks. Another 35 obese men followed a standard diet with 10–15% protein, 55-60% carbs, and 30% fat, based on Canada’s national guidelines for healthy eating.
The men on the satiating diet lost significantly more weight and body fat, and they experienced greater feelings of fullness compared to those who followed the standard diet. Even better, the satiating diet eaters stuck with it. Only 8.6% stopped following the diet, compared to 44.1% of standard diet eaters.
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