BBFFs!! U.S. News evaluated 38 of the most popular diets and identified the best. Find which top-rated diet is best for your health and fitness goals. This article is GREAT!! I have summarized the top 3 diets in Best Diets Overall, and Best Diets For Weight Loss. I recommend clicking on the article.. there are 38 diets ranked so there is a lot covered. Under each summary I wrote is a link that will take you to the article so you can continue to read about each of the six diets I have included below! Make sure when choosing a diet that you pick one that you can stick with, and one that involves healthy foods, not too many artificial meal replacement options! “Low fat” labels are generally not the healthiest. Be smart about what you put in your body.
*** the article includes info about each diet, a diet score, and recipes!
Best Diets Overall:
#1: DASH Diet: In addition to weight loss this diet aids in preventing and lowering high blood pressure (hypertension). Nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein and fiber are crucial to fending off or fighting high blood pressure. You don’t have to track each one, though. Just emphasize the foods you’ve always been told to eat (fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy), while shunning those we’ve grown to love (calorie- and fat-laden sweets and red meat). Top it all off by cutting back on salt, and voilà!Nutrition experts stress the importance of satiety, the satisfied feeling that you’ve had enough. DASH emphasizes lean protein and fiber-filled fruits and veggies, which should keep you feeling full – even if you’ve reduced your calorie level slightly to support weight loss.
#2: MIND Diet: In addition to weight loss this diet helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease with brain-healthy foods. The MIND diet takes two proven diets – DASH and Mediterranean – and zeroes in on the foods in each that specifically affect brain health. The emphasis is on eating from 10 brain-healthy food groups: green leafy vegetables in particular, all other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. Meanwhile, MIND adherents avoid foods from the five unhealthy groups: red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheeses, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food. click here for more info on the mind diet
#3: TLC Diet: In addition to weight loss this diet helps lower cholesterol. Created by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cholesterol Education Program, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet (TLC) is endorsed by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy regimen that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The key is cutting back sharply on fat, particularly saturated fat. Saturated fat (think fatty meat, whole-milk dairy and fried foods) bumps up bad cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. That, along with strictly limiting daily dietary cholesterol intake and getting more fiber, can help people manage high cholesterol, often without medication. click here to read more info on the tlc diet
Best Diets For Weight Loss:
#1: Weight Watchers Diet: This diet claims to help you lose 2 pounds a week. There’s more to weight loss than counting calories – if you make healthy choices that fill you up, you’ll eat less. Weight Watchers’ new Beyond the Scale Program, launched in late 2015, assigns every food a SmartPoints value, based on its nutition. (Higher amounts of saturated fat and sugar increase the point value; higher amounts of protein bring the point value down.) Choices that fill you up the longest “cost” the least, and nutritionally dense foods cost less than empty calories. So if you’re wavering between a 200-calorie fruit smoothie and a 200-calorie iced coffee, the smoothie is the smarter choice. A backbone of the plan is multi-model access to support from people who’ve lost weight using Weight Watchers and kept it off. click here to read more info on weight watchers diet
#2: HMR Program: Lose weight and keep it off by reducing calories via meal replacement with added fruits and vegetables, learning healthy lifestyle strategies and increasing physical activity and personal accountability. Three times as much weight is lost and kept off using meal replacements, compared to traditional diets, experts say. HMR meal replacements – low-calorie shakes, meals, nutrition bars and multigrain hot cereal – are eaten in place of other meals and snacks. In addition, eating fruits and vegetables, which are naturally low in calories, helps displace higher-calorie foods from a diet. By mixing vegetables and fruits with HMR meal replacements, you have filling, nutritious meals. Physical activity is essential for successful long-term weight management, and a little exercise – just 10 to 20 minutes of walking per day – will help you attain weight-loss goals. click here to read more info on the hmr program
#3: Biggest Loser Diet: Six weeks of healthy food and regular exercise not only is a great start to a weight-loss journey – it can also help prevent or reverse diabetes; cut the risk for cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s; improve your heart health; and boost your immune system. Cut calories, work out and watch the pounds melt off. Our diets are out of whack – we eat too many of the wrong foods and not enough of the right ones, and we sit around too much. The not-so-surprising solution: eat regular meals that emphasize filling calories from fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources, and whole grains; practice portion control; use a food journal; and get up off the sofa.