Tuesday, January 7, 2014

And The Best Diet Award Goes To......

The DASH Diet, according to U.S. News & World Report.

How the DASH Diet works
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In its fourth annual Best Diet rankings, U.S. News & World Report says the DASH Diet is a dashing success because it's healthy and helps prevent diabetes and heart disease.  Experts deemed Weight Watchers the best diet for weight loss and determined it's the easiest to follow as well as the best among all the "commercial plans".

A delicious Mediterranean Diet meal
The Mediterranean Diet, my personal favorite, earned top honors among Plant-Based Diets and tied for third overall behind DASH and TLC Diet

As for the most-Googled diet of 2013, the Paleo Diet?  It tied for last place with the Dukan Diet, the popular program offered by French doctor Pierre Dukan.  

What exactly is the DASH Diet? 
A day on DASH
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The goal of this plan is to lower blood pressure.  Based on the foods you consume, a nice side effect is weight loss.  The plan is lower in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat.  

Here is a 64-page FREE PDF that explains the diet in-depth, offers an extensive meal plan and recipes by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute which helped develop the DASH Diet.   

In general you would eat the following: 

  • Fruits, vegetables as well as fat-free or low-fat dairy products. 
  • Whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts. 
  • Little sweets, added sugars, sugary beverages and red meat. 
The DASH Diet Takeaway
It's a logical, plant-heavy eating plan that has you eating foods you know you're supposed to consume.  There's no secret.  It's good, solid common "eating" sense.  
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