Best Overall Healthy Diets

Now that the holidays are over its time for us to get back to eating healthy. I know I always allow myself to enjoy all the wonderful foods that appear doing the holidays. And we should allow our self these little delights. But once it’s all over and the New Year is greeting us, we need to get back to taking care of our self. Below you will find a list of the Best Healthy Diets Plans rated by US News. There are several listed so you can choose what is the best diet plan for you. I will be posting more Information on each one in individual posts.

Mediterranean Diet #1

Mediterranean

Folks in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments. They live active lifestyles, practice weight control, and eat diets low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts and other healthful foods. The Mediterranean Diet may offer a host of health benefits, including weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control. By following the Mediterranean Diet, you could also keep that weight off while avoiding chronic disease.

There isn’t “a” Mediterranean diet. Greeks eat differently from Italians, who eat differently from the French and Spanish. But they share many of the same principles. There has been a consumer friendly Mediterranean Diet Pyramid developed that offers guidelines on how to fill your plate and maybe wine glass, the Mediterranean way.

Mediterranean Diet Rankings

  • #1 in Best Diets Overall
  • #17 (tie) in Best Weight-Loss Diets
  • #1 (tie) in Best Heart-Healthy Diets
  • #1 in Best Diabetes Diets
  • #1 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating
  • #1 in Easiest Diets to Follow
  • #1 in Best Plant-Based Diets
  • #30 (tie) in Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets

DASH Diet #2

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH), is promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to do exactly that: stop (or prevent) hypertension, or know as high blood pressure. It emphasizes the foods you’ve always been told to eat (fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy), which are high in blood pressure deflating nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein and fiber. DASH also discourages foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy foods and tropical oils, as well as sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets.

Following DASH also means capping sodium at 2,300 milligrams a day, which followers will eventually lower to about 1,500 milligrams. DASH Diet is balanced and can be followed long term.

DASH Diet Rankings

  • #2 in Best Diets Overall
  • #12 (tie) in Best Weight-Loss Diets
  • #3 in Best Heart-Healthy Diets
  • #2 (tie) in Best Diabetes Diets
  • #2 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating
  • #5 (tie) in Easiest Diets to Follow
  • #26 (tie) in Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets

The Flexitarian Diet #3

For those of you that have thought about a Vegetarian Diet but don’t want to give up meat all together, the Flexitarian Diet is for you. Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: flexible and vegetarian. “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life,” registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner says you don’t have to eliminate meat completely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism, you can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still chow down on a burger or steak when the urge hits.

By eating more plants and less meat, it’s suggested that adherents to the diet will not only lose weight but can improve their overall health, lowering their rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and live longer as a result.

The Flexitarian Diet Rankings

  • #3 in Best Diets Overall
  • #3 (tie) in Best Weight-Loss Diets
  • #7 in Best Heart-Healthy Diets
  • #2 (tie) in Best Diabetes Diets
  • #3 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating
  • #2 (tie) in Easiest Diets to Follow
  • #2 in Best Plant-Based Diets
  • #14 (tie) in Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets

TLC Diet #4

If you are looking for a way to cutting cholesterol and eating heart healthy then The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet is for you. It was created by the National Institute of Health’s National Cholesterol Education Program with the goal of cutting cholesterol as part of a heart-healthy eating regimen. It calls for eating plenty of veggies, fruits, breads, cereals and pasta and lean meats. The guidelines are broad enough that you’ll have a lot of latitude with what you eat.

TLC Diet Rankings

  • #8 in Best Diets Overall
  • #23 (tie) in Best Weight-Loss Diets
  • #4 (tie) in Best Heart-Healthy Diets
  • #15 (tie) in Best Diabetes Diets
  • #4 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating
  • #12 (tie) in Easiest Diets to Follow
  • #26 (tie) in Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets

Mayo Clinic Diet #5

The Mayo Clinic Diet show that weight loss and a healthier lifestyle go hand in hand. You recalibrate your eating habits, breaking bad ones and replacing them with good ones following the Mayo Clinic’s unique food pyramid.

This pyramid emphasizes fruits, veggies and whole grains. These foods have low energy density, meaning you can eat more but take in fewer calories. For about the same amount of calories you could have a quarter of a Snickers bar or about 2 cups of broccoli. By sticking with the Mayo Clinic Diet, you’re expected to shed 6 to 10 pounds in two weeks and continue losing 1 to 2 pounds weekly until you’ve hit your goal weight.

This spin on the standard eating plan is designed for people with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, and its advice is specific to lowering blood sugar and keeping levels stable.

Mayo Clinic Diet Rankings

  • #6 (tie) in Best Diets Overall
  • #9 (tie) in Best Weight-Loss Diets
  • #10 (tie) in Best Heart-Healthy Diets
  • #2 (tie) in Best Diabetes Diets
  • #5 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating
  • #8 in Easiest Diets to Follow
  • #18 (tie) in Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets

WW-Weight Watchers Diet #6

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) is not only focused on shed pounds, but is inspiring healthy living and improving overall well-being. This includes taking a holistic approach to help members eat healthier and move more. WW Freestyle program, builds on its SmartPoints system, which assigns every food and beverage a point value, based on its nutrition. The program expands dietary options that are 0 points from only fruits and vegetables to more than 200 foods, including eggs, seafood and corn. A backbone of the plan is multi-model access to give you support from people who lost weight using WW, kept it off and have been trained in behavioral weight management techniques.

WW-Weight Watchers Diet Rankings

  • #4 (tie) in Best Diets Overall
  • #1 in Best Weight-Loss Diets
  • #13 (tie) in Best Heart-Healthy Diets
  • #6 (tie) in Best Diabetes Diets
  • #1 in Best Commercial Diet Plans
  • #6 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating
  • #2 (tie) in Easiest Diets to Follow
  • #2 (tie) in Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets

And So Much More

There are so many diets out there like The Fertility Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Flat Belly Diet, Jenny Craig Diet, South Beach Diet and so on. However, I choose the top 6 ranked Best Diet Plans to research for now. If there is a plan you want more information on please feel free to drop me a line and I’ll be happy to research it and post my findings for you. There is a Good Diet Plan out there for everyone, one that will fit your busy life and schedule. Hope this post is helpful and informative to all that read it. Have a Wonderful, Happy, Healthy Life in the New Year!

DaLee

Founder of Healthy Living Styles
contact@healthydiets4you.com

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