Looking for a way to help you drop those extra pounds this year? According to U.S. News & World Reports, the DASH diet might just be your best option.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was recently voted “best diet overall” by the publication in its “2012 Best Diets Rankings,” which compared 25 of the most popular diet plans.

Although the DASH diet isn’t extremely well-known and was ranked ninth as “best diet for weight loss,” the folks over at U.S. News & World Reports picked it to top the list because of its easiness to follow, its ability to produce long-term results, and its health benefits.

Created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the DASH diet was created to help individuals prevent or improve hypertension (blood pressure) through healthy eating habits. The diet consists of eating fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, while getting rid of calorie- and fat-laden sweets and red meat.

In short, the DASH diet just reemphasizes good eating habits many of us have neglected to follow.

Are you following a diet plan this year or are just focusing on healthy eating? 

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  • studenticity

    Why do so many reviews claim that the DASH diet is high in protein?

    I am consuming about 1200 calories a day. According to the DASH diet I sould only be eating 1.125 servings of meat per day (Based on the fact that a 1600 calorie diet is allowed to have 1.5). One serving of lean meat is 75g. Right now I have two chicken breasts in my refridgerator that in total weigh 0.576 kg which is 576 grams. If one serving is 75 grams then I AM ONLY ALLOWED TO EAT 1/4 OF A CHICKEN BREAST / DAY! (not trying to shout just capitalizing because it is important and this post/question is long)

    I will be accurate and add that I can also intake protien from 1/2 a serving of legumes/nuts/seeds each day (0.375 cups). Note: it is not suggested to have legumes every day but rather gives you an amount you can have per week (I just divided it to obtain max protein/day to be fair). I can also obtain protein if I substitute my dairy products (1.5 servings) for soy or other (I drink almond milk with 2g protein).

    Does this seem like a high protein diet to you?

    Summary of what I am allowed to eat per day:
    1/4 chicken breast
    ~1/3 a cup of legumes/nuts/seeds
    1.5 glasses of almond milk or soy milk

    I understand why this diet is good for people that are overweight and trying to reduce hypertension (which was their main goal when creating it apparently). Even though my diet is only 1200 calories, I can’t see myself switching over to the DASH diet as the protein content is not appealing.

    So why do so many reviews claim that the DASH diet is high in protein? Is this diet high in protein considering that my caloric intake is currently 1200kcal/day?
    Are you on a normal 2000 calorie a day diet and also on the DASH diet? Do you think that amount of protein you are intaking is high?

    Calculations were made based on info from DASH diet website as well as the Food Guide:

    http://dashdiet.org/default.asp

    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/alt_formats…

  • Gina

    I think you are right. The Dash Diet is a high protein diet, but 1200 calories can’t be high in anything. I’m eating 1600 calories and I get 3 to 6 ounces of lean meat.