we all know the drill to losing weight and/or staying in shape- exercise and eat healthy. but what is healthy? with all of the lifestyle choices (i hate the word diet) that people have to choose from, it is hard to decipher what really is healthy. u.s news report recently studied 32 popular “diets” and in order to be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease. the top 5 are as follows:
- DASH Diet – emphasis on fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy
- TLC Diet – emphasis on eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy products, fish and skin-off poultry
- Mayo Clinic Diet – emphasis on a healthy breakfast, lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthy fats
- Mediterranean Diet – emphasizes fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and flavorful herbs and spices; eating fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; enjoying poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt in moderation; and saving sweets and red meat for special occasions.
- Weight Watchers – point based system where processed choices usually have the highest point values (meaning they should be eaten in small amounts or less often) while fresh fruits and vegetables carry zero points, so you can eat as many as you like.
what is the ONE thing that all 5 top rated lifestyle choices have in common…drumroll…VEGGIES!
moral of the story, whatever your lifestyle choice is, make sure it includes veggies!