Any serious fitness enthusiast understands the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. Unfortunately, there is so much bad information about what is actually "healthy" that it can become hard to decipher. Different fitness movements seem to play into this as well, as Crossfitters tend to use the Paleo or Zone diets and endurance athletes tend to favor more all-natural diets like the Vegan diet. In order to help make some sense of this chaos, U.S. News and World Reports recently ranked the “best” diets for the average person.
According to the rankings, the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) narrowly edged out the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) and Mayo Clinic Diets. The DASH diet proved to be a very balanced diet that is pretty easy for the average person to follow. The diet is relatively simple in that it emphasizes the same foods that people have been taught to focus on their entire lives, including fruit, vegetables and lean protein. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) helped develop the DASH diet. Their website offers free information on their diet.
All of the diets mentioned are good options for the average person. Any fitness enthusiast who is not a professional level athlete will be just fine if they choose to stick to any one of them. The diets also take into account common conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, and are especially good options for anyone who has such a condition. Whether you are an athlete or just want a healthier lifestyle, you should look into these diets.