If your new year’s resolutions list includes following an efficient diet to regain your shape after the holiday’s feast, you are in luck. Recently, all major health organizations and publications revealed their reports regarding the best diets of 2017 for weight loss. When ranking such a diet, specialists take into account factors such as the easiness to follow the diet, its effects on weight loss (short, medium, and long-term), how nutritional and safe the diet is, its benefits on your overall health, and how well it helps you prevent diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Clearly, as we stated before, some exercise together with the diet of your choice will benefit you greatly as well! Without further ado, let’s see the top 5 best diets of 2017 for weight loss!
1. The DASH Diet
For the seventh year in a row, the DASH diet was named the best by all the experts involved in the ranking process. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is a lifestyle more than it is a diet. It includes low sodium intake, along with eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. The diet won all the points for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes and its role in supporting heart health.
2. The Mediterranean Diet
Again, more a lifestyle than a diet, the Mediterranean approach to eating healthy and looking amazing includes feeling amazing about your health. As you probably know, the Mediterranean diet follows the lifestyle of people living in countries along the Mediterranean Sea. It is the easiest one to follow, according to reviewers and it has enormous benefits for our overall health. The diet includes fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, whole grains, lean meat, dairy, and so on.
3. The MIND Diet
You may not have heard about this one, although it was the number 2 best diet of 2016. This diet focuses on foods known for helping your brain, specifically those said to prevent neurological illnesses like Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative diseases. The diet is a hybrid between the DASH and the Mediterranean diets, taking the best out of both and supplementing the menu with brain empowering superfoods. The MIND diet includes berries, olive oil, nuts, and dark, leafy greens, among others. The diet comes with a solid scientific background and is a nice plan to follow for the entire family.
4. The Flexitarian Diet
Deemed by experts “a nice approach that could work for the whole family,” the Flexitarian Diet outranked its competitors due to its nutritional completeness, easiness to follow and long-term weight loss. This is a diet for those who have inclinations to being vegetarians but do not want to give up meat completely. It is a sensible lifestyle plan with plenty of overall health benefits, protecting your health (and especially heart) in the process.
5. The TLC Diet
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, is a very solid diet plan created by the U.S. National Institute of Health. Its main advantage is that it sustains and promotes cardiovascular help. The diet is about lowering your cholesterol levels and keeping them in check. It emphasizes eating less food with saturated fat and focusing more on fruits, vegetables, skinless chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy products.
Joining the best diets of 2017 for weight loss ranks are also the Mayo Clinic Diet – with medium effects on weight loss, but extremely efficient results for the fight against diabetes – and the Weight Watchers Diet. The latter is an all-time favorite and champion, emphasizing on gaining healthy habits, leaning on a support group, including plenty of fruit and vegetables in your menu, and indulging yourself from time to time without guilt or side effects.
Which was the best diet of 2017 for weight loss for you? Did you follow one? Which one of these top 5 diets of last year appeals to you the most?