The 'best' diets are really the worst
How can you tell a good diet from a bad one? Easy -- if it cracks a mainstream list of "top" diets, you know you're onto something bad. And the worst of all these lists is the one published each year by U.S. News & World Report.
Does anyone besides me find an annual diet ranking absurd on the face of it?
Diets aren't ballplayers whose stats change from year to year. A good diet should be a good diet year in and year out -- and the fact that they're open to changing their rankings every 12 months should tell you right off the bat how unsure they are of their own standards.
In any case, this year's winner is the bland and miserable DASH diet created by bland and miserable government bureaucrats.
The reason it's so bland and miserable is that DASH stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension" -- and like the rest of the mainstream, the DASH creators have bought into the absurd myth that salt causes hypertension.
"The lower your salt intake is, the lower your blood pressure," the plan's brochure declares.
This is true only in the sense that a diet of zero sodium will bring blood pressure down to zero, because it will kill you. But sodium alone will neither cause nor cure high blood pressure.
Of course, the rest of the list of "top diets" isn't much better. It's pretty much a rogue's gallery of bad diet ideas -- Weight Watchers makes an appearance, along with Jenny Craig, TLC, and the Mediterranean Diet.
But don't worry about which one was ranked where -- because you can forget all of them.
You don't need a brochure or a magazine to know what works best. Just get back to basics. Skip all processed foods, minimize carbs, and bring your sugar intake down to near zero. Then, load up on fresh animal fats -- and don't be afraid to use as much salt as your taste buds tell you to.
You'll look better, feel better, and eat better than ever.