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Best Diets for 2018

This year the DASH and Mediterranean diets tied for first place as best overall diet.

DASH stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. It highlights eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and minimizing on salt. This diet was created by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to help individuals lower their high blood pressure. The Mediterranean diet also outlines fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, with moderate alcohol intake. Both have lean proteins such as fish or chicken.

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The Mediterranean and DASH diets were voted best diets for 2018. Photo by U.S. News

Both diets were also ranked as easiest to follow, with the Mediterranean diet winning first place and the DASH diet fourth. They also tied for first place as best diet for people with diabetes and claimed top spots in some other categories.

Experts based their choices by how easy the diet was to follow, the likelihood of short-term and long-term weight loss, and how effective it was against diabetes and heart disease. One of the experts mentioned that there is no single diet that fits everyone. You have to find a diet that you can adapt to, manage and maintain over time.

Other best overall diets include Weight Watchers, the Flexitarian diet, Volumetrics, TLC diet and MIND diet.

The Flexitarian diet is mainly a meatless plan that focuses on plant-based foods. Weight Watchers focuses on healthy eating, with point values assigned to foods and a daily point limit. TLC is short for therapeutic changes for high cholesterol; followers exercise more and reduce saturated fat. The MIND diet joins parts of the Mediterranean and DASH diets and pushes to improve brain health.

Best commercial diets: Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers were winners for first and second place. Jenny Craig has low-calorie packaged foods and support from consultants. The Flat Belly diet and Nutritarian tied for third. The Flat Belly plan emphasizes eating healthy, with monounsaturated fats such as from olive oil and nuts and setting a 1,600-calorie daily limit. The Nutritarian diet focuses on a plant-based plan with ”anti-cancer super foods.”

Best weight loss diets: Winners included Weight Watchers, Volumetrics, Jenny Craig, Vegan, and Flexitarian. Volumetrics emphasizes eating foods that fill you up, such as broth-based soups, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables such as tomatoes and mushrooms.

Best fast weight loss diets: Winners were the HMR diet, Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser, Medifast, SlimFast and Volumetrics. The HMR diet is a low-calorie plan with meal replacement shakes that emphasize fruits and vegetables. The Biggest Loser involves eating regular meals with lean protein, fruits, and vegetables and keeping a food journal. Medifast starts with five meal replacements a day and one meal, with more meals introduced as weight is lost. SlimFast is a program of meal replacement shakes.

Best diets for healthy eating: Winners: DASH, Mediterranean, Flexitarian, TLC, Mayo Clinic, MIND, Volumetrics, and Weight Watchers. The Mayo Clinic diet emphasizes healthy lifelong eating.

Easiest to follow: Mediterranean, Flexitarian, Weight Watchers, DASH, and MIND.

Best for diabetes: After the two first-place winners, DASH and Mediterranean, followed the Flexitarian, Mayo Clinic, Vegan, Volumetrics, and Weight Watchers diets.

Best for heart disease: DASH declared the top spot, followed by Mediterranean and Ornish (tie for second) and TLC. Flexitarian, MIND, and Vegan tied for the fifth spot. The Ornish diet ranks foods from healthiest to most satisfying, inspiring followers to focus on the foods from the healthiest group.

Best plant-based diets: The top five are the Mediterranean, Flexitarian, Ornish, Vegetarian, and Traditional Asian diets. The Traditional Asian plan includes low-fat eating with minimal red meat and plenty of fresh fruits, fish, and vegetables.

As mentioned earlier, there is no one diet that works for all. Just because the diet is popular does not mean that it is right for you. The best option for weight loss is to try different diets and find one that is easy for you to stick to long-term.

 

Source: U.S. News & World Report: “Best Diets 2018 rankings.”

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

DASH Diet is Ranked Best Overall Diet

The DASH diet is ranked as the best overall diet in the U.S. News & World Report yearly diet ranking, which is the seventh consecutive year it has won number one.

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The DASH diet is ranked the best overall diet again. Photo by Fitness and Freebies

“DASH” is known as dietary approaches to stop hypertension. This eating plan deals with consuming whole grains, fruits, and vegetables while minimizing salt. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute developed it to help individuals lower high blood pressure. This is a great diet plan in my opinion because it is less restrictive and easy to follow. You will lose weight fast just by eating more fruits and vegetables while including more whole grains in your diet.

U.S. News & World Report rated 38 different diet plans, with rankings based on reviews from an expert panel of doctors who specialize in diabetes, weight loss, and heart health, as well as nutritionist and dietary consultants.

In ranking the diets, the experts considered many factors, including the likelihood of short and long term weight loss, how easy it is to follow a specific diet, and how well the diet protects against heart disease and diabetes.

The Mediterranean diet came in second overall, after the DASH diet, while the MIND diet took third place. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes on eating whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables while drinking alcohol occasionally. The MIND diet, which was added last year, mixes elements of the DASH and Mediterranean diets. It focuses on boosting brain health.

Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition for Washington University in St. Louis, says lifestyle changes are the common denominator of success with the diets.

“This year’s list of diets reflects the long-standing body of evidence that shows weight loss, a true change in body fat levels, is achieved though changes in lifestyle behaviors including food choices, portions, and activity,” says Diekman, a registered dietitian.

Best commercial diets: The Mayo Clinic diet, which emphasizes lifelong healthy eating, tied for first with Weight Watchers.

Best weight-loss diets: Weight Watchers won first place, while Jenny Craig and Volumetrics tied for second place.

Best diets for healthy eating: DASH, Mediterranean and MIND won first, second and third, in that order. I love healthy eating with less restrictions so the DASH diet is my favorite of all diets.

Easiest diet to follow: The Mediterranean, Fertility, Weight Watchers and MIND diets were a four-way tie. The Fertility Diet focuses on changes that can help anyone, for instance, reducing red meat and getting protein from nuts and vegetables.

Best diet for diabetes: DASH won first place. Mediterranean and vegan diets tied for second.

Best diets for heart disease: DASH and Ornish diet tied for first place. The Ornish diet restricts fat intake up to 10% of calories and emphasizes exercise. TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, which focuses on lowering cholesterol through diet and other lifestyle changes came in third place.

Best plant-based diets: The Mediterranean diet took first place, followed by the Flexitarian, which suggests staying away from meat most of the time. Vegetarian and Ornish tied for third place.

The diets that limited what people ate including the Paleo and Dukan diets, were given poor marks. Those diets are also difficult to maintain long-term and very restrictive which people do not like. The best diets are non-restrictive and can be sustained over long periods of time.

These list of diets may not be the quick-fix solution, but it is a list of maintainable, reputable and healthful diet plans to help you achieve weight loss. These easy to follow eating plans will help you stay on track with weight management long-term.

It is best to look at the details of each diet and find the one that matches your personal lifestyle to help you accomplish your weight loss goals.

Source: U.S. News & World Report: 2017 Best Diet Rankings. Angela Haupt, assistant managing editor of health, U.S. News. Connie Diekman, registered dietitian; director of university nutrition, Washington University in St. Louis.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer