The best four diets for 2016
With a plethora of diets all claiming to change your body and your life, it can be difficult to know which one to choose.
The US News & World Report have released their 2016 best diet rankings to help you choose which is most suited to your goals right now.
1) Best Diet Overall & Best Diet for Healthy Eating: The DASH Diet
But why haven’t we heard of it yet? Unlike other popular diets, the DASH diet doesn’t have a celebrity or social media push behind it.
Standing for ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension,’ it aims to prevent and lower high blood pressure.
The diet revolves mainly around whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, low salt and low to moderate fat intake.
There are no strict rules on what you should or shouldn’t eat. Alternatively, it provides guidelines on how many servings of each food category you should consume daily.
2) Best Weight-Loss Diet (long term) & Easiest Diet to Follow: Weight Watchers
The easier a diet is to follow, the better the odds of sticking to it. User friendliness and flexibility were some of the factors when considering the rating of this category.
Its theory is that there is more to weight loss than counting calories – if you make healthy choices that fill you up, you will eat less.
Every food is assigned a Smart Points value, based on its nutrition. So if you’re tossing between a 200 calorie cake and a 200 calorie fruit smoothie, the smoothie is the smarter choice.
3) Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet: The Bigger Loser Diet
Despite its mean name, if you want to lose weight fast then this diet will be your best friend. Ideal for quick weight loss for those with short term goals, this is a six week journey of healthy food and exercise.
The unsurprising solution? Cut calories, work out (frequently) and watch the pounds drop off. Portion control is practiced and food journals are used.
4) Best Plant-based Diet: The Mediterranean Diet
This diet emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes and olive oil, as well as eating fish a few times per week. To top it off, pour yourself a glass or two of red wine. Low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat, this diet focuses more on healthier fats.
It’s generally accepted that people in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and have a lower prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular diseases compared to other countries. It claims to help with weight loss, heart and brain health, and reduce risk of chronic diseases.