With the turn of a new year comes a fresh wave of diets. Unfortunately, not all diets are the same, and the variety of options can make it difficult to choose. With that in mind, here are the highest-rated diets of 2016 along with tips on keeping cravings in check and how to avoid the greatest diet myth of all time.
While there may be a plethora of dieting options on the market, Business Insider recently released its findings of the best diets of 2016. Each diet was rated based on a number of different factors, including short-term and long-term weight loss goals, level of ease, and overall health.
With these guidelines in mind, the DASH diet came in on top as the best diet of 2016. The diet is meant to prevent high blood pressure and stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet has won first place for six straight years.
The main goal of the DASH diet is to impart a change in eating habits to healthier foods. The diet limits the intake of sodium and promotes eating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
The MIND diet, meanwhile, came in at a close second in large part due to its ease of use. The Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet is tailored to help prevent neurological disorders. The diet prescribes its users foods that are beneficial to the brain. This includes a variety of food stuffs like nuts, berries, fish, beans, whole grains, olive oil, and leafy vegetables.
The TLC diet tied MIND for second place. The acronym stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes. The goal of the TLC diet is to lower cholesterol and not necessarily lose weight in the process. However, the diet can reduce cholesterol on order of 8 to 10 percent.
Apart from these top three diets of 2016, NPR is reporting that the Health Management Resources diet is another that dieters should consider adopting. The diet is actually a meal replacement program that features shakes, nutrition bars, soups, and whole grain cereal. While the HMR diet can lead to quick weight loss, the downside is that it is difficult to follow.
For those looking to manage their cravings instead of adopting new eating habits, David Ludwig’s new book, Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells & Lose Weight Permanently, offers an explanation about how the body deals with extra calories.
“The type of calories we eat can affect the number of calories we burn,” he wrote, recommending a decrease in carbs as a way to lose more weight. “Anything containing primarily refined grains or concentrated sugar digests rapidly, and raises insulin levels. Fat cells take in or release calories only when instructed to do so by external signals — and the master control is insulin.”
Whatever diet one chooses to go with to meet weight loss goals or deal with health concerns, dieters everywhere should be aware of the greatest myth about dieting. No, it has nothing to do with which diet is superior to others. Instead, according to the Huffington Post, the greatest dieting myth is that experts disagree on what constitutes healthy nutrition.
While experts often tout one diet over another, the truth of the matter is that everyone’s situation is different. Dieters who need to lower their blood pressure probably shouldn’t start the MIND diet. This doesn’t make the MIND diet unhealthy or wrong, it simply isn’t the right choice for the situation.
With that piece of knowledge in hand, dieters should feel better about choosing which diet is best for their health. Whether it’s the DASH or TLC diet, the truth is that we all have to make good decisions when it comes to our food. The choice is up to you. And always consult your doctor before embarking on a new diet.
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