I was researching personal needs for my diet and I ran across an article while research other topics called:
Which are worse, calories from Carbs or Fat?
You can find the full article from Time here: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1822118,00.html
For me, this brought up a very good point - one diet doesn't fit all and it depends on the individual person and their nutritional needs.
What it did boil down to is that no matter what you eat, calorie intake is calorie intake and your body converts the excess to weight gain either way - so you have to maximize the nutritional power of the food you eat while trying to decrease the overall intake of food (and beverage).
In my opinion, you have a few options when it comes to chooseing a diet that is best for you:
- Consult your doctor or weight loss/nutritional specialist - they would be the highest recommendation on this list
- Know your own body. If you constantly feel run down after eating certain foods, decrease that food and substitue another.
- Find out your food allergies. If you are on a High-carb./low-fat diet but you have a slight gluten allergy, you really aren't doing yourself any favors.
And to be honest, I have always been vary wary of diets as they usually involve more expensive foods that don't fit into the family budget but if you can maximize the nutritional value of less food, you should see hopefully see a cost savings (this, once again, is pure opinion - but it sounds logical).