When it comes to weight loss, choosing the right plan can be confusing. There are hundreds of diets, and it seems like a new one is revealed every day. The following are some fresh new plans meant for both weight loss and long-lasting health.
The Ornish Diet
The Ornish diet claims that dieters will not just lose weight, but that the diet helps to lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent diabetes and heart disease, and can also aid in preventing both breast and prostate cancer.
The Ornish diet puts food into five different groups, from the least healthy to the most. From there, you can analyze which group you typically eat from, and then decide what changes should be made to eat healthier. The diet promotes aerobic exercises and resistance training, as well as stress release, such as yoga, medication, or deep breathing. Family support is also greatly encouraged.
The DASH Diet
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Supporters of the diet claim that this diet causes weight loss while lowering and/or preventing hypertension (high blood pressure).
The DASH diet is straightforward and not unlike many plans in the past. Simply consume the foods that the experts have always encouraged the public to eat, such as leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. Leave out the salt and other high calorie food, such as candy, fried and fast foods, and red meat. Overall, the diet has been shown to increase the amount of good HDL cholesterol and decrease the bad cholesterol, which helps prevent heart disease.
The Flexitarian Diet
The Flexitarian diet is a combination of “flexible” and “vegetarian”. This diet promotes the belief that you don’t have to be a full-time vegetarian to reap the rewards of the lifestyle, and that you can still have lean meats in moderation.
The Flexitarian diet adds five food groups, and totals about 1,500 calories a day. These five food groups are: lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, sugar and spices. The claim for this diet is that those who have followed it weigh 15 percent less than those who don’t, live 3.6 years longer, and have a decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
It may be tempting to choose a plan that promotes rapid weight loss, but it’s better to find one that helps your health in the long run, as well. Choosing a diet plan with the help of a doctor or professional is a wise choice.