Plan your plate: Shifting to a healthy eating style

What’s the eating style that’s best for health?

Is it a Mediterranean eating plan? Vegetarian? Low carb?

With all the eating styles out there, it’s hard to know which one to follow.

Healthy eating is one of the best ways to prevent or delay health problems.

Eating well, along with getting enough physical activity, can help you lower your risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and more. To reach your goals, experts advise making small, gradual changes.

“The best diet to follow is one that is science based, that allows you to meet your nutritional requirements, and that you can stick to in the long run,” says Dr. Holly Nicastro, an NIH nutrition research expert.