The DASH Diet

Can the DASH Diet really help you drop a dress size fast?

the-dash-dietIt only takes a quick scan around the dieting blogs to see that the world and his wife are talking about a new eating plan that is being dubbed ‘the world’s best diet’.

The new DASH diet was created by health professionals to lower blood pressure but participants soon noticed that it was not only lowering their blood pressure and cholesterol, but they were losing weight too.

What is the DASH Diet?

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and following the DASH diet can reportedly reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease and kidney stones.

The DASH eating plan is very much about eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and the right amount of protein.

It is billed as being perfect for the whole family and its dedicated website claims that the new formula, specifically designed for weight-loss, will turbo-charge the very best of the slimming elements of the diet and fast track your ability to lose weight naturally and healthily.

It even states that the DASH weight loss plan is beneficial to people with Metabolic Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS and Postmenstrual Weight Gain.

How does the DASH diet work?

The plan breaks types of foods down into number of servings per calorie diet.

For example, if you were using a typical 2000 calories-per-day eating plan, the DASH diet recommends that you eat 7-8 grains or grain products (at least three of which must be wholegrain), 4-5 servings of fruit, 4-5 servings vegetables, 2-3 servings of non-fat dairy foods and 2 or less servings of lean meat, poultry or fish.

Nuts seeds and legumes are recommended at only 4-5 servings per week and fats and sweets are strictly limited.

This may seem to most people to be a sensible eating plan but, when we actually take a close look at our diets, most of us will only consume about 5 of the DASH diets recommended 10 fruits and vegetables a day and some people, even less.

Further reading

the-dash-diet-bookThe ‘DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution’ was officially released in paperback in December 2012, but the DASH diet has been a firm favourite in the USA for a while, winning ‘Best Overall Diet’ from US News and World Reports for three years in a row.

It is a complete guide to the diet, containing everything from a 28 eating plan to recipes and tips for making the DASH diet a lifestyle choice.

Here in the UK, the media storm surrounding this revolutionary eating plan is picking up pace, with the UK’s Daily Mail Newspaper releasing a feature on the 2nd December 2012 entitled “It’s not too late to drop a dress size by Christmas!”…in the dieting world, that’s fighting talk.

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