Most people pay little attention to nutritional content of their food until they are on, or about to begin a diet. Then they take a keen interest in seeing which diet has less calories or less carbohydrates. But it is a simple fact that most popular diets do not have nearly as many positive effects as their creators would have us believe.
Most of serious diets we hear about work by simply removing a food or food group from your daily diet. This sometimes means eating less of certain foods than you normally would, however it often means entirely removing certain food groups from your diet altogether. The basic premise is that by restricting your diet in some way, you will lose weight.
While this might be good as far as nutrition goes if what you're cutting out is junk food, it does cause one major problem. By cutting out a type of food that you're used to eating a lot of, you're going to have a lot of trouble sticking to diet. Therefore, you should make sure that you do not pick a diet that's going to feel too restricting to you.
The most important aspect of food to look at is its overall nutritional value, this is a fact often lost in popular diets. Such diets often focus on only one attribute of a food as being primary indicator of how good it is for you. They overlook bigger picture of a food's overall nutritional content.
For instance, many diets focus on completely cutting out fat, sugar, carbohydrates, or any number of other things. The problem with this is that many people only pay attention to one thing that they're supposed to cut out of their diet, and don't pay attention to nutritional value of food.
For instance, people who are trying to cut carbohydrates out of their diet will sometimes choose to drink diet sodas instead of fruit juices. While diet soda clearly has far fewer carbohydrates than fruit juice, that does not mean that it is more healthy. Your best bet in this situation is to drink healthier beverage and to get all of different vitamins and minerals instead of empty soda.