You’re not alone. While mood tends to improve when you first make dietary changes, mostly because you introduce less junk and more optimal foods, sometimes grouchiness and moodiness sets in. Then we revert back to old habits.
New research in the Journal of the American Medical Association leads me to believe that the type of dietary modifications you choose makes a bigger difference on mood. While the low-carb, high-fat diet approach is popular and shows great returns on investment in the short term, the longer one remains on this diet, the greater the detrimental effects experienced in mood.
Folks on a the typically recommended low-fat, high-carb diet experienced elevated mood the entire time they followed the protocol – while losing as much weight over the year-long period as those on the low-carb, high-fat diet (about 30 pounds). To be thin and happy? Not a hard choice to make.
Now, this doesn’t mean we can go hog-wild over pasta, bagels and rice! In fact, just the opposite – moderation is still key. Grab half an hour with an online cookbook, find healthy whole grain and vegetable side dish recipes, and go to town making supper. Add an appropriately portioned protein source, like salmon or chicken breast, and have a fruit dessert. You’ll be on your way to culninary (and weight) bliss!