January 15, 2012

'Best Diet' helps health, not just weight

If you’re looking to lower your blood pressure or seeking a new healthy eating plan, you might want to try the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet that was ranked the best diet of 2012, by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the second year in a row that U.S. News named the DASH diet as the “best diet overall.” A panel of 22 medical experts on diet, obesity, nutrition, diabetes and heart disease developed the rankings list.

“It’s not just the latest fad diet in terms of weight loss,” said Marla Heller, the author of the best-selling “The DASH Diet Action Plan” and a certified nutritionist in Northbrook. “It’s the only diet plan that’s been proven to improve health.”

The DASH diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy products, nuts and legumes – foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol.


January 9, 2012

Fat Chance Fad Diets Will Work

CELEBRITIES go from fat to thin in the blink of an eye, so why can't we?
Australians are spending billions of dollars a year while being bombarded with photographs of the rich and famous saying how easy it is to shed the kilos if you just use the "magic formula" of the next big thing in dieting.
But Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) says people are doing themselves a disservice by buying into diet fads which do not provide a sustainable platform for long-term weight loss.
The DAA has named the worst three diet offenders - the Blood Type Diet, the Acid and Alkaline Diet and the Lemon Detox diet.
Coast dietitian, Maya McColm said dieting fads were not designed for the long term.
"Diets often compromise on nutritional quality," she said.
"No-one diet suits everyone - there are many factors which influence weight loss - from healthy eating and exercise to emotional support and motivation."
Ms McColm said it was about a healthy and holistic lifestyle change, not yo-yo dieting.
"Each individual must change their mindset - no-one can do it for them," she said.
"It is about exercising, eating well and integrating this into everyday life."
She said in this day and age people were time poor and opted for take-aways over quality food.
"It is not just about eating foods with a low Glycemic Index (GI) but also low Human Intervention (HI)," she said.