DASH Diet Rated Number One

dash-151The diet ranked number one by U.S. News is the DASH diet.  DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension.  While the diet was developed as a healthy approach to control high blood pressure, or hypertension, it is truly an approach anyone might use to promote a healthy lifestyle.  The diet was not necessarily designed just for weight loss, but with sensible portions you will lose weight while at the same time improving your health.  DASH can help lower your risk for cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

The DASH diet is based on consuming lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low fat dairy, nuts and limited good fats.  You pretty much eliminate high fat foods, cut down on sweets and you cut back on salt.  DASH will give you the fiber you need in your diet in order to maintain a good digestive system through eating the whole grains, fruits and vegetables.    This approach can provide the healthy nutrients your body needs to maintain a healthy heart.

Instead of trying to provide your body with its necessary nutrients such as calcium, potassium, fiber and protein from supplements you obtain these through eating healthy foods.  It is always better to obtain your nutrients from food.

The DASH diet has been approved by the government.  It is endorsed by the medical profession.  Unlike many fad diets which promote fast weight loss (which probably won’t last)  DASH does not eliminate any food group that provides good nutrition.  It provides a safe, effective, nutritious way to eat and is easy to follow.  It is not boring and it does not have a lot of restrictions or any gimmicks.

DASH is a way of life which can be followed and maintained forever.  DASH may be the diet for you if you want an easy to follow plan for a healthier lifestyle.  Try it.  DASH may be just the healthy approach to eating you can enjoy.

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