DASH diet scores first place for sixth consecutive year in the U.S. News and World Report Best Diets top. A host of experts looked at 38 diet plans, assessing their strengths and weaknesses.
The DASH diet or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is a diet plan targeting high blood pressure as well as high cholesterol levels. The idea is to limit red meat intake, sugar intake and fat intake to prevent hypertension and heart problems. The offering of this diet plan is varied. Instead of the food intake it limits, it proposes that followers pick up the healthier intake of healthy grains, nuts, poultry and low-fat dairy products.
The experts working on the ranking believe that not one diet plan fits everyone. However, the DASH diet scores first place for sixth consecutive year. It is easy to follow, it offers a host of health benefits and most importantly, the DASH diet is sustainable.
The diet ranking helps everyone achieve more sustainable goals throughout the year, depending on their target. While the diet plans may be fit for one category of people, they will certainly not benefit everyone equally. Thus, an expert’s advice is always welcome regardless of your goal when taking on a massive challenge like following a diet plan.
Each of the diets in the ranking was assessed also in terms of weight-loss goals for long and short terms. Nutritional value and safety were also conclusive factors in the balance. Each diet plan has a profile which details how the diet works, the scientific evidence that it can achieve the goals it assumes and the nutritional value it offers. Overall, the ranking is a useful tool for healthier lifestyle choices.
Alongside the DASH diet, the experts on duty found the MIND diet to challenge the TLC diet for the second place. While the TLC diet aims to lower cholesterol levels, the MIND diet aims to promote a healthy brain. Borrowing elements from both the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, the MIND diet promotes high fruit and vegetable intake in addition to fish and nuts consumption. The nutritional value is high, while the MIND diet also scores first place in the ‘easiest diet to follow’ category.
The same category saw the Fertility diet and the Weight Watchers diet occupying the following two top positions. The Fertility diet (no surprise) assumes that some changes in one’s diet plan may prop fertility. Thus, eliminating trans fats ranks high among the requirements.
For those who are diagnosed with diabetes, the DASH diet in addition to the Biggest Loser diet seem to be the best fit according to the expert panel.
The ‘healthy eating’ category also saw the DASH diet occupy the first position, while the TLC diet came in second. The MIND diet and the Mediterranean diet came in third in this category. The worst diet from this perspective was the Whole30 diet. Atkins diet and the Raw Food diet also scored low in this category.
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