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5 Best Diets for 2024

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From fad and crash diets to weight loss and detox diets, there are hundreds of diets that promise near miraculous results. Choosing the right diet can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be difficult. We have scrutinized each diet – the results, the benefits and risks and how easy the diet is to follow and we have complied a list of the 5 best diets for 2024. 

5 Best Diets for 2024

1. Mediterranean Diet 

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a high consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil. Compared to most Western diets, this diet is also lower in meat, dairy products, saturated fats, and sugar. According to the Mediterranean diet, you should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Healthy protein is an important part of this diet, so you would need to include beans, pulses, or eggs in your daily diet, with at least two portions of fish every week.

Research shows that the Mediterranean diet offers a wide range of health benefits, including improved heart health, reduced risk of major chronic disease, better life expectancy, and improved quality of life. 

2. DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet 

The DASH diet was designed specifically to stabilize blood pressure and improve heart health. It focuses on reducing sodium intake and increasing the intake of foods rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients to lower blood pressure. The diet includes plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. The DASH diet also includes some amount of fish, poultry, nuts and seeds with allowances for small quantities of red meat and sweets. 

High blood pressure (hypertension) has become a global epidemic. According to the CDC, almost half of the US adult population has hypertension or takes medication to keep their blood pressure in check. Hypertension affects just about every organ in the body and drastically increases the risk of heart disease, heart failure, stroke, dementia, kidney failure, and retinal damage. 

3. Weight Watchers Diet 

The Weight Watchers Diet is a comprehensive commercial weight loss program that is based on a point system. Each food type is assigned a point value that is calculated according to its energy and nutrient density. Foods such as lean proteins and legumes have low point values and can be consumed in larger quantities, while fatty foods and sweets have higher point values and should be consumed in small quantities. 

According to recent statistics, over 70 percent of adults in the US are overweight or obese. Obesity is a serious health issue as it has been linked to dozens of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. People on the Weight Watchers diet can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week. 

4. MIND Diet 

The MIND Diet (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) aims to reduce dementia and the decline in brain health, which is a common problem among seniors. This diet combines various aspects of two of the most popular diets – the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet to create a diet plan to improve brain function. The diet advocates increasing the intake of certain foods, such as leafy greens, berries, and nuts while avoiding pastries, sweets, and fried foods. 

Dementia is on the rise across the country, and 1 in every ten people has Alzheimer’s, which is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is more common in people over 65, but it can also affect people in their 30s and 40s. Although there is no “cure” for dementia, preventative measures such as healthy eating and regular physical exercise can help to reduce the risk. Studies show that the MIND diet reduces the risk of dementia by as much as 53% for people in the 58 to 98 age group.

5. Keto Diet

The Keto (ketogenic) diet is a high-fat, low carb diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbs for energy. The keto diet provides quick weight loss results and most people experience a drop of 2 pounds or more per week. There are several health benefits of a keto diet – from better blood glucose control and improved cholesterol levels to possible benefits for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s. 

The keto diet is ideal for people who need to lose weight quickly. Research shows that people on a keto diet lose more weight during the first 3-6 months of their diet compared to those on other weight loss diets. 

When it comes to dieting, there is no one-size-fits-all, so you might have to experiment with a few diets to find one that suits you. Also, when transitioning to a new diet, keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand to deal with your cravings. Pork rinds make the ideal snack companion for just about every diet, as they are high in protein but low in carbs. You can even add them as an ingredient in your favorite dishes, whether it’s cheese pork rind croquettes, Thai salad with pork rinds, or pork rind oven-fried salmon.

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