The 3 best diets you can follow in 2023, according to 'US News and World Report'

The 3 best diets you can follow in 2023, according to ‘US News and World Report’

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The Mediterranean, DASH and flexitarian diets are the best eating plans of 2023 for their healthy effect and ability to control weight in the long term, according to the ranking prepared annually by the magazine US News & World Report. The list, which is already the thirteenth year that it has been published, is the result of the opinions of a panel of medical experts and nutritionists who study in depth the 38 most popular diets in the world.

It is the sixth consecutive year that the Mediterranean diet has achieved first place. “Numerous studies have shown that this dietary model reduces the risk of certain chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, while promoting a longer life expectancy,” they explain in US News & World Report.

This eating plan that is followed both in Spain and in other countries bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, is characterized by being based on the consumption of foods of plant origin while incorporating whole grains, legumes, nuts, shellfish, lean meats and unsaturated fats such as those in extra virgin olive oil, “an incredibly good product for well-being,” they point out.

The DASH diet was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to prevent and treat high blood pressure.

From the American magazine they also highlight that the Mediterranean diet, which achieves a score of 4.6 out of 5, is easy for all family members to follow, that the foods it includes are available in any store and that it is a respectful plan. with the planet, in addition to promoting the consumption of healthy fats, among other advantages.

The next best rated diet by US News & World Report It’s DASH, an eating plan devised by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to prevent and treat high blood pressure.

The DASH diet limits the amount of sodium that can be consumed per day

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This emphasizes the consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products, foods rich in nutrients such as potassium, calcium and fiber that can help lower blood pressure.

Fatty meats, full-fat dairy, tropical oils and sugary drinks are not welcome on this plan, which also limits sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day. “The DASH diet is similar to the Mediterranean diet, but provides more specific recommendations and advice on the actual amounts and limits of the types of food consumed,” the magazine clarifies about this model, which receives a 4.4 score.

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The flexitarian diet has become popular in recent years.

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The DASH diet shares second place with the flexitarian, a plan that has become very popular in recent years, although the term was coined more than a decade ago by dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. Those who follow it should not completely eliminate meat consumption, as vegetarians do. “You can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still enjoy a burger or steak on special occasions,” she says from US News & World Report.

In short, the eating plans that have convinced the magazine’s experts agree that plant-based foods should be the base of the plate. In the last positions of the list appear the OPTAVIA diet, a low-carb model; the Slimfast, which replaces conventional food with shakes and bars; and Raw Food, based on raw foods.


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