The #1 Diet of 2017—and 8 Delicious Recipes to Help You Stick to It


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Perhaps like myself and Editorial Director Faith Xue, upon reading our post yesterday about the DASH diet, you immediately wondered if it had any relation to the Kardashian-owned boutique chain Dash (hey, we're not proud of it). No, this diet has nothing to do with America's most talked-about family, and it's actually not much of a diet—it's a lifestyle.

Short for "dietary approaches to stop hypertension," DASH was recently ranked the number one diet of U.S. News's Best Diets Overall, and truthfully, we were surprised not to see as a pound-shedding diet like Atkins or Weight Watchers at the top of the list. But after further consideration, it makes sense that a panel of health experts would pick a heart-healthy, low-sodium, nutrient-rich meal plan instead of a buzzy, celeb-loved diet intended to help you to drop pounds.

While the DASH diet wasn't created to help you melt fat, because it promotes healthy eating and cutting out bad-for-you foods like high-fat dairy, sweets, and alcohol, studies have found that those who coupled the diet with exercise were still able to lose weight. Win-win!

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, here's the daily basis of the DASH diet, with the goal of 2000 calories per day:

  • Grains: 6 to 8 servings
  • Meats, poultry, and fish: 6 or fewer servings
  • Vegetables: 4 to 5 servings
  • Fruit: 4 to 5 servings
  • Low-fat or fat-free dairy products: 2 to 3 servings
  • Fats and oils: 2 to 3 servings
  • Sodium: 2300 mg (or 1500 mg if you need to cut out sodium even further)

Sound reasonable? We think so, especially since there are no net-carb or point calculations involved (no one wants to audit their meals every day, amirite?). If you're not sure where to start in terms of meal prep, we took a dive through Pinterest to find some DASH-approved (and super-tasty) eats. Keep scrolling for more info!

What do you think of the DASH diet? Will you give it a try? Let us know in the comments!