Could the DASH diet be the best and healthiest diet plan to follow in 2014?

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The DASH diet has been crowned the best overall and healthiest diet for the year ahead. So what is it?

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The DASH diet has been dubbed the best overall diet plan by U.S. News & World Report - praised for it's focus on lean proteins and fresh veggies.

America's latest weight loss regime promises to help women drop a dress size and achieve a flatter tummy without counting calories or spending hours in the gym.

What is the DASH diet?


DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, has been developed by nutritionist Marla Heller.

It was voted as the healthiest diet in the US in 2012 by a panel of doctors and is being endorsed by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and The American Heart Association.

It has been designed to lower blood pressure and ward off diabetes, which makes this diet a safer alternative to the Dukan Diet regime.

How to do the DASH diet


Heller recommends ignoring the foods that you can't eat by focussing on the foods that you can instead.

The key is simple - stick to lean protein and healthy fats to control your appetite.

The diet is split into two phases; the first phase is a two week low carbohydrate transition programme designed to 'reset' your metabolism. During this time you can't eat fruit and wholegrains but you're encouraged to release your inner caveman and eat plenty of meat.

The second phase reintroduces wholegrains, fruit and starchy veggies and is designed to be a long-term weight management solution.

On average, people lose 5lbs in the first two weeks and between 10 and 35lbs over a period of two months.

6 tips to follow when doing DASH


1. Three meals per day, plus a morning, afternoon and optional pre-dinner snack
2. Do more exercise
3. Go to bed earlier
4. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine
5. Don't cut out all salt
6. Relax and focus on weight loss

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