Wednesday, January 4, 2012

DASH Diet ranks top position in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the DASH diet tops for health and weight loss.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the DASH diet tops for health and weight loss.

For the second year in a row, the magazine praised the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) as an all-purpose health and its ‘Best Diet Overall” for lowering cholesterol, battling hupertension, and for weight loss.

The diet, which is endorsed by the National Institutes of Health also scored high for helping people control their diabetes and preventing heart disease.

Also a bonus: The DASH diet doesn’t require paid memberships, prepackaged foods or restrictive eating plans.

Coming in at number two was the (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) or TLC Diet. This no-frills but highly rated plan was created by the National Institutes of Health.

U.S. News gave the thumbs up to this diet for people that want a no-nonsense plan that lowers cholesterol and promotes heart health.

Jennifer Hudson is right to be singing Weight Watchers’ praises. The PointsPlus plan is a winner for its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, lots of online and group support and handy guides to eating in and out of the house.

Tied with Weight Watchers for third place: The Mayo Clinic Diet for its ability to take on diabetes and the Mediterranean Diet for its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, and other nutritious (and delicious) food choices.

Want to try the trendy Dukan Diet? Don’t bother.

Experts blasted the diet as restrictive, unncessarily complicated and just plain "idiotic."

The Paleo Diet, a plan based on the idea of eating lean meats and greens like our cave-dawelling ancestors, scored at the bottom of the barrel for being just too hard to for the average dieter. 

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