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DASH Diet 2012: Ranked ‘Best Overall’ Diet

01/08/2021 12:04 PM ET

DASH Diet 2012 - The DASH Diet eating plan is ranked best overall for 2012, by U.S. News and the World Report, tied with the Biggest Loser and beating the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes program. It’s an interesting outcome for people who have never heard of the weight-loss program. Many people use it for other health benefits such as reducing hypertension and blood pressure.

The diet plan also ranked number one in separate categories as the best diet for diabetes and healthy eating.

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and is a diet that includes eating an abundant amount of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods. It also includes some consumption of meat, fish, poultry, nuts and beans. It is based on different eating plans that include the intake of between 1699 and 3100 calories a day.

The program gives alternate ideas to junk food and strays away from eating any processed food.

For middle age women following the plan is a good way to lower their risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by reducing hypertension and blood pressure.

Other diet plans besides DASH that ranked well for 2012 in the listings were the Weight Watchers diet for being the easiest to follow. The Omish diet for being the best heart-healthy diet. And Jenny Graig was listed second best commercial diet behind Weight Watchers.

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