Doctor: To pick the right diet, find one that lets you eat foods you like

Lynne Adkins
January 14, 2020 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If your New Year's resolution is to lose a few pounds, it pays to pick the right diet.

The Mediterranean diet was just named the best diet in a new study because it's easy to follow and the food is tasty, according to Dr. Neil Skolnik, associate director of the family medicine residency program at Abington-Jefferson Health. 

When talking about dieting with patients, he asks what they enjoy eating.

"Then we come up with a diet based on the kinds of food that they like. The other thing that I think is incredibly important: it's a marathon, not a sprint, and so we don't want to pick the best diet for three months. We want to pick a lifestyle approach," he said. 

He said that's why the Keto diet was named one of the worst diets as it's hard to follow. 

And don't forget the exercise component; that's just as important as what you eat.