The DASH Diet Takes Top Spot In New Rankings

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The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet has been ranked number one by US News and World Report.  The little known diet plan beat out wider known plans Weight Watchers, South Beach and Atkins for the top spot. 

The DASH diet is designed to prevent and lower high blood pressure. It relies on simple principles of nutrition and focuses on less sodium and more potassium, calcium and fiber.  It’s quite easy to follow, you just need to eat the foods you’ve been told to eat and leave the ones you love alone. 

DASH calls for more fruits, veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein.  It discourages calorie and fat laden sweets and red meat.  Dieters can ease into the plan by adding one fruit or veggie to each meal. Then consider vegetarian meals a few times a week.  

One study found that overweight and obese people who followed the DASH diet and got more exercise lost about 19 pounds over four months.  Future weight gain can be prevented too.  The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine said that teen girls who followed the plan had  “a lesser tendency to gain an excess amount of weight in their early adulthood.” 

Diets don't work if you can't stick to it and the DASH diet is simple and easy to stick with.   

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