Each year, millions of people resolve to finally lose those extra pounds and keep them off. Although most eventually fail, the majority continue to make an effort, hoping that someday they will eventually succeed. Here is a look at some of the most popular diet plans for the year 2014, to help you make an informed decision on what is best for you.
Most online and print sources agree that the Dash Diet (endorsed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) is perhaps one of the hottest diets for 2014. In fact, it may be the most popular in the past few years. Originally designed to help people with hypertension, this eating plan also works well for losing weight. Dash means “dietary approach to stop hypertension”.
Perhaps one the biggest reason this diet has been so popular for the last few years, is its sensibility. You are not eliminating certain food groups or eating all the cabbage soup that you want. Instead, eating focuses on fresh vegetables and fruits. It also stresses the importance of low sodium and this mean eliminating processed foods that are known to be high in salt.
Meat is allowed with the dash eating plan but it should be low in fat and lean. Dairy products should also be low in fat or no fat. Refined sugar is to be limited whenever possible. This diet plan not only is good for blood pressure but can help to lower cholesterol and improve problems like insulin resistance.
This is another sound and healthy eating plan from the NIH (National Institute of Health). For men, the recommended daily calorie intake is recommended at 1600 and about 1200 daily for women. This diet is a low fat and high fiber eating program.
This plan is similar to the Dash diet, in that it is all about healthy eating. However, the Dash Diet stresses very low sodium while the TLC recommends keeping it at or under the daily guidelines. If followed, it is possible to lose weight, keep it off, and one can stay on this diet indefinitely without health risks or concerns.
The Mediterranean Diet continues to be popular and even more so for 2014. This is the kind of diet that people that live in the Mediterranean are known for. Past studies have shown fewer cardiovascular problems among these people and much is due to a diet low in red meat, sugar, and includes plenty of olive oil.
Instead of saturated fats, include as much good fats like those in olive oil. Canola oil is also recommended and one should avoid butter and cooking in standard oils. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and meats like poultry and fish should be emphasized.
These are three of the most popular diets for the year. Unlike the past, they are all sound eating plans that can lead to better overall health as well as steady and healthy weight loss. Choose one that best fits your lifestyle and the lifestyle of your family. The year 2014 can be a happier and healthier year if you follow some of the more popular diets.