THIS is the Best Diet According to Science That Shows Great Results!
According to recent research by US News & World Report, the top three best diets of 2021 are all about going back to the roots and eating how you ate as a kid. Yep, moderation, balance and classic recipes are all you need to get in the best shape of your life. Here are the top-ranking diets in the survey, reviewed by a team of expert panellists:
3. Flexitarian Diet
The Flexitarian diet actually means a 'flexible vegetarian' way of eating, where you are predominantly vegetarian but occasionally treat yourself to your favourite scrambled eggs or butter chicken.
How does it work?
Easy to follow, sustainable and requiring no fancy meal preparations, this diet is probably one you will be likely to stick to. And as US News & World Report points out- "Vegetarians weigh about 15% less than nonvegetarians. That's according to a review of 87 previous studies, published in Nutrition Reviews in 2006."
The diet first came around in 2009 with a book by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life. Though fairly doable, the diet does stress more on home-cooking and might be a tad difficult for those who dislike eating their greens and fruits.
2. Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet
Focusing more on weekly nutritional goals with 2000 calories per day meal plan, the Dash Diet is described as the following by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of USA: "Eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, including fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and vegetable oils. Limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, and tropical oils such as coconut, palm kernel, and palm oils. Limiting sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets."
How does it work?
Designed with a slow and steady approach, this diet is all about making one small dietary change at a time, reducing salt intake, exercise and maintaining a calorie deficit. It is fairly sustainable once you get used to being hyper-aware about the ingredient list of your food, especially when eating outside.
Takeout aficionados and junk food junkies may struggle on the Dash diet due to the low sodium rule that also advices cutting out pickles from your diet. However, you can make the switch by trying out various other healthy herbs and spices to make sure your food tastes good.
1. Mediterranean Diet
A much-awarded and popular diet, this style involves majorly plant-based eating with seafood, fruits, red wine and occasional meat helpings. It is well-known and researched as being the best diet to control diabetes, improve brain and heart health and induce weight loss.
How does it work?
Following this style of eating fresh produce with healthy fats is high on satiety while helping you maintain a calorie deficit. The Mediterranean style of living advocates being active throughout the day. So, whether it is household chores or morning walks or even hitting the gym, just keep on your feet.
This diet topped the survey as the easiest to follow diet and for a good reason. It encourages eating more seafood, wholegrains, fruits and vegetables while keeping refined fare such as white bread, sodas, meats and butter to special occasions.
Avoid these diets...
According to the diet review, the much-hyped Keto style of eating featured at the bottom of the list. While it may have its benefits, mostly for short-term weight loss, the Ketosis period and hyper-awareness about ingredient list, may make it a tad tough to stick to.
Close on the heels of Keto are the Atkins Diet, Dukan Diet, GAPS and Raw Food diet among others that raised concerns among the experts for being nutritionally deficient and likely to cause health issues.