The DASH Diet is officially the best weight-loss regime for the fourth year running after impressing American health experts commissioned by the US News and World Report.
But what exactly is it and why does it have the health world buzzing? DASH stands for 'Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension'. It was conceived by a group of American scientists and nutritionists looking for a safe way to lower blood pressure quickly.
Not only can the diet do just that, but further research indicated that the DASH diet could also help sufferers of other chronic conditions (high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, some forms of cancer) along with those simply looking to shed a few pounds.
So, how does it work? Unlike other faddy diets, DASH promotes healthy living long-term for everyone. Exercise is vital, and there's no quick-fix like low-carb or fasting plans. Instead, DASH is an eating plan that only allows 'real' or 'natural' foods and it's not just designed for weight-loss. DASH apparently boosts energy and helps the body fight-off disease too.
Plenty of nutritious fruits and vegetables are on the DASH diet menu, plus low-fat and non-fat dairy, along with nuts, beans, and seeds. Followers of the diet limit their intake of salt, sweets and foods high in saturated fats. It’s been called an ‘Americanised version of the Mediterranean diet.’
So if you’re looking to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol levels, or simply want to shed a few extra pounds, why not try the DASH diet?
Keep reading to discover more about the DASH diet including a delicious grilled chicken skewers recipe that’s so tasty, you’d never guess it was a diet food!
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