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From Paleo To Plant-Based, Top Diets Of 2015 Ranked : NPR

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NPR says Atkins and Paleo bad, DASH and impossible-to-follow Ornish good:

For the fifth year in a row, the government-researched DASH diet (an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) ranked No. 1 overall diet. It's similar to the Mediterranean diet: heavy on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts.

There may not be any Hollywood stars promoting it, but as we've reported, DASH has been around for a long time. And there's solid evidence that it works, not just for weight control but also to lower high blood pressure, which is a common condition among adults in the U.S.

And when it comes to heart health, the top diet of 2015 is, once-again, the Ornish diet, which is a plant-based diet that's low in refined carbs and fat, developed by Dr. Dean Ornish. In his book Spectrum, Ornish describes a range of healthy lifestyle choices, including exercise, yoga and meditation for stress management, as part of his overall wellness plan.

The U.S. News panel calls the Ornish diet "safe and tremendously heart healthy." But the rub, according to the report, is that the eating plan is not easy to stick with due to the "severe fat restriction that the diet demands."

OK I am gonna get a little politically incorrect here. My thing is, when you are evaluating a diet you should LOOK AT people who actually follow that diet! Because these people are basically the best-case scenario for you.

On the DASH diet you might live a long time but you will look like this:

greek peasant

No hate! For most followers of the DASH diet, this Greek peasant lady would be an improvement... so, you know.

The Ornish diet, if followed faithfully, results in this:

Dean Ornish

Strict vegetarianism? Sure thing:

vegetarians from India

I'm just saying, plant-based and low-fat is not gonna necessarily meet all your dietary goals!

I see your point.

Stick to mostly plants and meats. 

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