The DASH Diet was not created originally for weight loss, but can be used as a method for weight loss –along with reducing your caloric intake. It is based on studies and findings conducted by the NIH (National Institutes of Health).
The U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the US Department of Agriculture detail the DASH Diet as a diet aimed at reducing your blood pressure, and now suggest the DASH diet can be followed by most people as a healthy way to eat and stay fit. Oftentimes, a physician may suggest this diet for persons who have hypertension or pre-hypertension.
DASH stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension” and relies extensively on:
Fruits and vegetables
Nuts & beans
Fish & Chicken
It discourages use of sugar sweeteners and advocates limiting consumption of processed foods, red meat junk food, and foods with added fats. (7, 10)
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