According to Michael Pollan, the most sensible diet plan is to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” That seems easy enough, but recent research about microflora in the gut suggests it’s not that simple. For some people, the wisest plan of action is to follow a whole-food, plant-based diet; others might fair best on keto; and some may do just fine on Pollan’s plan, with a few added treats every here and now. This suggests, the question we should be asking is not ‘what’s the best diet plan?’

So you’ve decided to take the plunge. You’re committed to a new diet — eating healthy and avoiding most of the “bad stuff” — but your family members definitely don’t seem to be helping.

They keep offering us deep-fried snacks, high-carb fare, sweets — you name it. And this is after you already told them you were going on a diet.

While family support can be very important, experts say that you don’t need anyone but yourself to achieve your weight loss goals.

However if you are able to get a weight-loss buddy — it could be a friend, co-worker or neighbor — this could easily represent the encouragement you want and deserve.

According to data from, 95 percent of American households will buy candy for Halloween, spending a shocking $2.6 billion! 

In fact, a major public health organization published a report in 2018 saying that the average American eats at least 2 pounds of candy on Halloween, adding 3,500 to 5,000 calories from sugar and fat.

And if our children are successful in their quest for treats, the candy can stay around the home for weeks — sometimes for months. That makes them hard to resist.

It’s so easy to grab a few tiny candy bars or a handful of candy corns. Plus, for adults, the candy sometimes drifts over into the workplace and can be spotted in bowls on counters, in desks and in office lunchrooms. 

Since each piece is so small, the calorie, sugar and fat levels seem like no big deal, until they add up that is.

Nearly 200 years ago the average American only ate 6.3 pounds of sugar a year.

Not that a 19th-century menu was great — but at least we know it wasn’t loaded with the refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, starches, gums and tons of artificial ingredients that we have today.

This is to say nothing of the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, whose food selections featured fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, tubers, roots and wild game.

It’s obvious that the nutritionally compromised U.S. diet — stripped by modern processing of many of its minerals, vitamins and natural enzymes — has gone off the rails.

And so has our health.

Your new diet was going so well. You lost some weight, gained a bit of extra confidence, plus you’re doing some exercise, too.

So why can’t you lose those last 10 pounds?

The last remaining pounds are often the most frustrating thing about weight loss. Plus, those final 160 ounces are, for many people, the most discouraging part of any diet plan.

In fact, they’re so disheartening that some people either give up when they feel they can’t overcome the weight loss plateau or just adjust their expectations downward, pretty much writing off that extra weight loss as “a bridge too far.”