Fad diets such as keto, which is designed to force your body to break down fat to replace missing carbohydrates, are often too challenging to sustain either physically or mentally for the long term, she says.
Ditching key nutrients such as carbohydrates, which your body needs to produce energy, ultimately does more harm than good.
“Carbohydrate is our body’s main fuel source – what every single cell in our body uses,” she says.
Other diets, such as vegetarian or vegan, can be manageable over the long term so long as you’re careful to get the amount of protein your body needs by adding beans or other plant-based protein sources.
Ultimately, the goal is to find a healthy balance in your diet that allows you to eat foods you enjoy in moderation.
“We recommend picking something that meets your wants and desires,” Hough says.