Allow me to introduce you to the best diet of the year.

 

Step aside, Paleo.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the diet you should be paying attention to is one you’ve probably never heard of at all – even though it’s been named the top diet for the last 5 consecutive years.

That’s right. 5.

It’s called the DASH diet, but contrary to what the name implies, there’s no running or sprinting or dashing involved.

It’s a new year, so might as well try a new healthy way of eating; toss out all those frozen pizzas and let’s see what this DASH diet is all about. (Bonus points if you can literally toss your pizzas like this guy.)

Why’s it called the DASH diet?

Funnily enough, this diet wasn’t meant to be a diet at all! It started as a way to control your blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease – hence the name, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

What are the benefits to this diet?

The DASH diet is intended to be a guideline to a long-term healthy style of eating. You could potentially see a 2 – 3 point decrease in blood pressure over the course of just a few weeks! But besides that, you could lower your chances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

What do I have to eat?

There are two versions of the diet, but both emphasize eating fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy. It’s also recommended that you eat ample whole grains, nuts, fish, and poultry. The only difference between the two versions is the amount of sodium you consume.

Do keep in mind that this diet was not designed to help you lose weight. Its primary goal is to lead you to a healthier lifestyle through eating the right types and amounts of food. However, a pleasant consequence of this may very well be that you do shed some pounds just because of the healthier snacks you consume!

If you’re more interested in the DASH diet, and if you want a more detailed guide to the amount of servings you should eat, check out this link. It’ll give you all the specifics.

 

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