Top 5 Diet Plans To Follow In 2018

Mar 19, 2018 | 10 months ago | Read Time: 3 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

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2018 is well on its way, and many healthy resolutions have been written, broken and written again. However, there are still many who are always on the lookout for effective diet plans for healthy living. Aiming for a better lifestyle and eating habits are some things that should never be discouraged by others. If you are one on the lookout for the best diet plan for 2018, here is our comprehensive list.

  1. DASH diet

Aka Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, DASH diet was originally developed to lower high blood pressure without medication. While weight loss was not its initial goal, it has helped many people lose their additional weight, along with reducing their cholesterol and improving insulin sensitivity. The DASH diet is rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean-protein, whole grains, and low or non-fat dairy. Saturated fat, sugary foods and beverages, high-sodium content, full-dairy and certain oils are avoided in this diet. DASH diet can be followed by everyone for general well-being.

  1. Flexitarian diet

The flexitarian diet married the concept of vegetarianism and flexibility. This diet calls people to eat vegetarian for most of the time, but doesn’t wholly exclude meat from this diet. The diet relies more heavily on plant protein, instead of animal protein. Following this diet is simple: add five food groups to your diet, without taking out any existing ones. These food groups are – ‘new meat’ (tofu, lentils, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.); fruits and vegetables; whole grains; dairy; sugar and spice. The plant-based component of this diet has fewer calories and fat percentage than meat, and thus helps you lose weight.

  1. Mediterranean diet

If the name wasn’t enough to tell you, this diet follows the eating habits of the Mediterranean countries. The Mediterranean diet has been known to help people live better, lead healthy lives and linked to increasing longevity. It’s a diet low on red meat, sugar and saturated fats, and high in fresh produce, nuts, and whole grains. Healthy fatty food such as fish and olive oil are emphasized.

  1. Weight watchers

Promoted by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Weight watchers is an extremely popular diet. It works on a structured system wherein each food item is given many points. People following this diet are told to aim for a certain numeric each day. Healthy foods rich in nutrients and vitamins have low to zero points, whereas sweet, fatty foods have high points. You can eat whatever you like provided you don’t exceed the points given for the day. The goal of this diet plan is to direct people’s overall eating pattern towards something that is lower in calories, saturated fats and sugar.

  1. GM diet

This diet is one of the most effective plan to detoxify your body. GM diet plan is ideal not only for weight loss, but also for overall maintenance of health and body figure. For a week, the dieters avoid food high in fat, unhealthy carbs, and processed protein. In its stead, dieters eat a high-fibre meal with vegetables and fruits. Chicken is the only meat allowed due to its low-fat and high-protein percentage. GM diet also stresses on drinking up to 2 litres of water every day, as water washes away toxins and helps with digestion.

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