Best Diets for 2014

Diet obsessionEvery January, the Internet is awash with list of the best diets, nutritional supplements,  and fitness programs.  US News and World Report, famous for their lists of best Universities and Colleges, has also published a list of the best diets for 2014.  The top 5 are the DASH Diet, the TLC Diet, the Mayo Clinic Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, and the Weight Watchers Diet.

The diets were rated by a panel of experts.  Some of the plans are focused on reducing blood pressure, hypertension, cholesterol and of course, reducing weight.  you can see the entire list here.

Predictably, the winners all had a couple of things in common, namely, they focused on reduced sodium and fat intakes, and increased intake of dietary fiber and foods rich in calcium, potassium, and other key nutrients.  It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the highest ranked diets also recommend reducing your intake of processed foods and decreasing red meat intake while increasing the intake of nuts, legumes, fish and poultry.  Furthermore, the diets that were ranked as most effective could really be described as eating patterns, rather than short term diets.   The Mayo Clinic Diet, for instance, requires exercise, and bans eating while watching TV.

These top diets as well as other high scoring plans are great for helping a person to modify their activity.  The interesting thing is that they all have a couple of things in common where the food is concerned – foods that naturally increase nitric oxide production in the body!

These diets recommend legumes, beans, dark leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, lean meat including fish and poultry.  You can see a list of foods we recommend for boosting nitric oxide and compare them to the Top Diets for 2014.  You can also find our explanation of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet here.

78610007Look, losing weight is pretty academic.  It may be more difficult to do at times and in certain situations, but it roughly boils down to this:  expend more calories than you take in.

That’s it.  It’s that simple.

However, eating good foods, like those rich in nitrates, vitamins and minerals; changing meal composition, reducing simple carbohydrates and increasing lean proteins, can not only help curb your appetite while trying to lose weight, but can also address other issues in the body like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and symptoms from diabetes and even help you burn more calories.