With DASH Diet sweeping the nation as the best overall diet of 2014 named by ‘U.S. News,’ let’s look at how safe and easy it really is. There are five key things about the diet that we think you should know. Read below to find out if you should dish or ditch this diet!
Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) has become the #1 diet, named by U.S. News & World Report on Jan. 7! With focus on moderation and reducing salts and sweets — the plan intends to be a lifestyle change rather than a traditional “diet.” The focus is not on losing weight, but rather to be a healthier and better you! Find out if you should dedicate yourself to DASH below!
What Is The DASH Diet? — 5 Things To Know About 2014’s Top Diet
1. What is the DASH eating plan?
Say goodbye to your salty snacks, sugary sweets, and red meats — and hello to fruits, vegetables, fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts! This is intended to be a balanced eating plan to help lower blood pressure by lowering sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat intake.
For an average person who needs 2,000 calories per day, you need 6-8 grains, 4-5 vegetables, 4-5 fruits, and 2-3 fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products daily. Weekly, you should stay below 6 or less lean meats, poultry, and fish, 4-5 nuts, seeds, and legumes servings, 2-3 fats and oils, and 5 or less sweets and added sugars. Serving size examples for each consist of 1 slice of whole wheat bread, 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables, 1 medium fruit, 1 cup milk or yogurt, 1 egg, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1tsp vegetable oil, and 1 tbsp of jelly.
2. What are the results?
The DASH eating plan is a lifestyle change rather than a diet. It helps you prevent and control blood pressure by lowering LDL cholesterol, which can reduce your risk for getting heart disease.
3. Is it hard to stick to?
Just like every diet, DASH requires dieters to change their routines and habits. Since the meals are not pre-made or delivered, dieters are going to be spending more time than before at the grocery store scanning each label. Planning out meals, drinks, and snacks are important, so that is an additional time requirement associated with the diet.
4. Can I afford it?
It’s no surprise that the added benefits of fresh and organic foods comes with an added cost. On top of being picky with your produce, dining out can become daunting. To stick to the plan, it is important to be particular with your order, which may escalade the price.
5. How do you get started?
You can make the Dash by purchasing the DASH Diet books. They provide all the information you need to know, such as your certain number of daily servings from various food groups. Depending on your caloric need, you will have a certain number of servings per day ranging from 1,600 to 3,100 calories.
Is the DASH Diet for you, HollywoodLifers?
— Joanna Hein