US News & World Report has released their list of the top 40 diets with the DASH diet listed as the #1 diet, landing in the number one spot for the eighth year in a row. In terms of a healthy and clean eating style, the DASH diet also secured its spot in various top 10 lists like “best weight-loss diets” and “easiest diets to follow”.
The DASH Diet
Initially designed as a method to combat high blood pressure, the DASH diet was created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as a way of providing a healthy lifestyle of eating for those with high blood pressure. DASH is an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and 20 years later, it's additional benefits are all over the place. Men’s Health advisor, Mike Roussell, said that “The DASH diet is so popular because it’s probably the most robustly researched diet out there, specifically when it comes to heart health."
The DASH diet works by trying to cut out our sodium intake by as much as possible as well as limiting additional saturated fats and sugars that our body can do without. The diet plan has been proven to greatly aid those with high blood pressure and help them maintain a lower systolic blood level.
Apart from the numerous health benefits regarding hypertension, the DASH diet has been proven to aid in weight loss, although never claiming to be a quick and easy way to losing weight. Mike Roussell explains how one potential negative to the DASH diet is the consumption of a high amount of carbs which could make it a bit harder. He also goes on to say: “If you have a lot of weight to lose – say 20-plus [more than 9kg] pounds – it might be better if you took a more carb-restricted approach."