DASH Diet Pros and Cons

The DASH eating plan is popular but there are some drawbacks

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Eat fresh flavorful foods on the DASH plan. Betsie Van der Meer/ Digital Vision/ Getty Images

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, was recently voted as the best overall diet in a popular survey.  The DASH program was developed by a panel of experts at the National Institutes of Health to help Americans lower their blood pressure, but as it turns out, it is also effective at weight loss as well.

DASH Diet Helps You Lose Weight

The DASH diet is an eating program for life. This is not a short-term crash diet, but rather a sustainable program of eating healthy foods.

  You learn to cook and enjoy a diet of whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Highly processed foods, which tend to be high in sodium, are discouraged.

Another benefit is that the DASH eating plan is free and accessible.  Unlike commercial eating programs, everything you need to learn the program is available online free-of-charge.  The food you eat can be easily found at any grocery store and aren't necessarily expensive foods.

DASH Diet Drawbacks

Because this is not a commercial diet, you won't get pre-packaged foods delivered to your door. You can't go to the freezer section of your local market and get meals that are already cooked.  This diet takes some work.

So is the DASH diet worth it?  My vote is yes.  The time you invest into cooking and learning about new foods pays off in the end because the skills turn into lifelong habits.  You are also likely to get support from your physician on this plan because it is an eating program that is widely supported by the medical community.

But the true test of the diet's success is whether or not you stick to it.  Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

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