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Weight-Loss Strategy: Plant-Based Diets Ranked As The Best In 2017

By Duna Bil , Jan 09, 2017 10:24 AM EST
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Plant-based diet is ranked as the best diet plan to lose weight in 2017. Due to the increasing demands of health experts for people to maintain healthy weight, the health conscious population heed the advice by modifying their eating patterns.

There are several popular and effective diet plans available to the public. This year, the US News and World Report conducted a ranking of diet programs using nice categories.

They asked for the expert opinion and feedback of a panel of nutritionists, dieticians, and doctors specializing in diabetes, heart function, and weight loss.

38 diet plans were considered and ranked based on its difficulty to stick to the diet, effectivity as a weight loss strategy in short-term and long-term periods, and ability to fight off heat diseases and diabetes.

For the seventh time in a row, the plant-based eating plan has been named as the best choice overall. It is followed by the Mediterranean diet, which came up from fourth place last year.

The plant-based diet is named DASH. It stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. However, it is clear that its benefits go beyond combating high blood pressure, the US News says.

DASH includes the Mediterranean diets plus most recommended diets such as focusing on whole grains, fruit, vegetables, low- or no-fat diet, lean meat cuts, chicken, and fish. Additionally, it recommends daily consumption of nuts, seeds, and legumes or beans.

The primary reason the DASH diet was ranked first is that it was developed and tested by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Dr. David Katz, a member of the judging panel says.

Coming in third is the MIND diet, a combination of both DASH and the Mediterranean, which was touted to be also effective in reducing chances of Alzheimer's disease.

Due to the recent New Year, and the series of food festivities, a lot of people have also been trying the DASH diet plan, and finds it satisfying, the WXYZ  reports.

There is a need to lose weight especially in overweight and obese groups in order to avoid a health crisis as reported earlier. The plant-based diet is proven the most effective in planning out a weight-loss strategy.

 

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