With the new year just begun, many of us have resolutions to be fitter and healthier. But with all the gym and diet offerings in the market, it’s difficult to decide where to begin and which course of action would be most effective in reaching our goals. In order to assist you in this decision, we’ve put together a comparison of several diets, revealing which diet is deemed the best of 2012.
In a report done by US News & World Report, 25 diets were evaluated in a variety of categories, ranging from Best Diets Overall to Best Heart-Healthy Diets and Easiest Diets to follow. While several diets excelled as the winner in an individual category, the DASH Diet received praise as number one in the categories of: Best Diets Overall, Best Diets for Healthy Eating, and Best Diabetes Diets.
So what is the DASH Diet?
According to the report, “DASH was developed to fight high blood pressure…Experts gave it high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health.”
The Mayo Clinic explains the emphasis of the diet as encouraging you to reduce the sodium in your diet and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
The DASH Diet stands out from its competitors because its aim is healthy eating rather than weight-loss. Through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, the weight-loss comes naturally and in a manner that is sustainable. In further proof of its success, the DASH diet is endorsed by not only the expert panel at US News & World Report, but also by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and The American Heart Association.