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Sunday, January 11, 2015

What are the best rated diets for 2015?


Every year for the past 5 years, US News and World Reports ranks the best diets (Best Diets 2015).  They gather a panel of diet and nutrition experts and they rate various diets on areas of:
  • ease in following
  • diets ability to produce long-term and short term weight loss
  • how nutritionally complete the diet is
  •  safety of the diet      
  • if the diet has the potential to prevent diabetes, heart disease or helps manage these diseases   
        What are the Best Diets Overall?   
  1.   DASH diet – this diet was originally developed for high blood pressure and the acronym stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.  But it is also a nutritionally complete diet, very safe, helps prevent and control diabetes, supports healthy hearts.  
  2.   TLC Diet – stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes and was created by the National Institutes of Health.   
  3. Mediterranean Diet – this diet emphasized fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil and whole grains.    This diet provides a healthy way to eat whether one wants to maintain, lose or gain weight.  
What are the Best Weight Loss Diets?
  1. Weight Watchers – ranked number one for those interested in losing weight.  This program teaches you how to eat healthier and change your eating habits for permanent weight loss that lasts. 
  2. HMR Diet – this diet requires a motivated person to keep on it. 
  3. Biggest Loser Diet – yes it is based on a popular TV show but the diet is sound, healthy and also promotes exercise.
  4. Jenny Craig – you see their commercials on TV all the time.  Many find success with this diet but others find it hard to keep the pounds off without all the pre-packaged food.
What are the Best Diets for Healthy Eating?
  1. DASH Diet – ranked high because it is nutritionally sound and safe.
  2. TLC Diet – provides fiber, calcium but low in saturated fat which is a good thing.
  3. Mediterranean Diet – my favorite as it focuses on fruits, veggies, olive oil and whole grains.  Even enjoy a glass or two of red wine.
  4. Mayo Clinic Diet – developed by experts at the renown Mayo Clinic.  This diet helps you focus on your habits, which ones to keep and which ones to get rid of.  This diet teaches how to eat healthy for life, not just to lose a few pounds and then go “off the diet”.
We will explore these diets in more depth in future blog posts.  Take some time to visit the web site and read about the rankings and which diets are best. 

Source:  Best Diets 2015,  Image source:  U.S. News and World Report 

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