Those who are fans of the caveman diet or otherwise famously known as Paleo Diet may find their diet a thing in the past after the Paleo diet Menu plan has ranked last in the list of the Best Diets Overall for this year. The battle of shedding those extra pounds has unofficially started which means that plenty of health buff are now contemplating which among those top rated diets they would follow. Every year, the U.S News & World Report asks experts to rate different diet plans to assist consumers in making decisions. In 2014, the panel assessed 32 of the most famous diets. The criteria of the assessment include diet to be easy to follow, nutritious, safe and healthy for weight loss. It should also be protective against cardiac diseases and diabetes.
What is Paleo Diet Plan?
The Paleo diet menu plan encourages dieters to eat meals that are whole and unprocessed or the food that are popular during the Paleolithic era such as nuts, red meat and berries. The Paleo diet plan is made famous in the 1970s where followers are consuming products of animal proteins while skipping grains, legumes, sugar and dairy products. While rated as the last best diet for this year, the Paleo diet was the most searched diet term on Google last year. It has gained a number of followers especially in the CrossFit buffs.
The Paleo diet which followers include VS Angel Adriana Lima and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant encourage eating lean proteins that make muscles strong, healthy bones and maximum immune function. Meanwhile, fruits and vegetables are also in the Paleo meals since they decrease the development of degenerative diseases such as cancer and diabetes. While Paleo diet is rated last in the list, it doesn’t mean that the diet itself is worst. However, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s expert, the Paleo Diet was too restrictive to follow in long term for most people. It limits essential nutrients in the body. Furthermore, the Paleo diet lacked supporting research with the claim that the Paleo Diet can help in weight loss and cardiovascular health.
The Top diet plan
On the other hand, the DASH Diet Eating Plan made it to the best overall diet for 2014. DASH is the acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension which was developed by National Institutes of Health. This is DASH’s fourth year as the best diet plan of the year. The diet plan was developed for people with high blood pressure but is also known to lower cholesterol and reduce risk for heart disease, kidney stones and diabetes. DASH does not cut out or limit certain foods. Rather, it focuses on limiting everyday sodium intake. The diet plan involves three whole-grain products per day, four to six servings of vegetables, four to six servings of fruit, two to four servings of dairy products and several servings each of lean meats seeds, nut or legumes. DASH got a nearly perfect score from panel because of its safety.