Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) The DASH diet may sound clinical, but U.S. News has ranked it Best Overall for seven (!) years in a row. It was originally developed to lower high blood pressure, aka hypertension. But it also helps with weight loss: One Study found that after four months of DASH paired with exercise, adults lost an average of 19 pounds. The program works by detailing approximately how many servings of each food group you should eat for a 2,000 calorie diet. The comprehensive DASH guide recommends 6-8 daily servings of grains; 4-5 of fruits and veggies, 2-3 of (reduced fat) dairy, and 6 or fewer of lean protein. Weekly, you'll spread out 4-5 servings of seeds and legumes; 2-3 of fats and oils; and 5 of sweets. The good news is, you can eat everything, the scary news is, you'll largely give up fats, sweets and oils. If you like to cook, this may be the diet for you: There are more than enough recipe choices to keep you interested!
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