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These Diets Are The Best To Try in 2018, According to Nutrition Experts

Don't worry, you won't have to cut out your carbs for a lot of these!

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Even though 2018 has already started, that doesn’t mean your blanket-resolution of “getting healthier” this year doesn’t have to be accomplished. It’s never too late to try something new for the sake of your body’s health. US News & World Report released a list of best diets overall according to health experts that can help you get back on track.

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Surprisingly, the trendy Whole30 and Keto diets are actually not on the top ten best diets overall. Health experts don’t find these diets to be balanced or even nutritionally valuable. Looking at the top ten list, it’s clear that a balanced diet is the way to go. So yes, you can still eat carbs with every single one of these recommended diets. You’re welcome.

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An Expert Weighs In

Peggy Woodward, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist and Food Editor, was happy to see how this overall list panned out. “The problem is when you’re cutting out large food groups, you don’t get well-rounded nutrition, you’re missing nutrients in your day, you feel deprived,” said Woodward. “If a diet is difficult to stay on, it’s not a good diet.”

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The DASH Diet aims was rated number one for Best Diet Overall, Best Diet for Healthy Eating, and Best Heart-Healthy Diets. It prevents high blood pressure by consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Cutting salt and foods high in saturated fat is key. Calorie counting is evidently a part of this, and servings are similar to those found in the traditional food pyramid. Get started with this Garlic Lover’s Chicken recipe.

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Mediterranean Diet

Citizens along the Mediterranean Sea live longer lives and experience less medical ailments, and their diet is a huge factor. They eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and herbs. Fish, seafood, poultry, eggs, cheese, yogurt, and red wine are all in moderation. Get started with this Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe.

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The Flexitarian Diet

Like the benefits of a vegetarian diet, but don’t feel like giving up meat entirely? This diet splits up five food groups, and allows you to eat meat on the side. The groups include “New meat” like tofu or beans, fruits and veggies, whole grains, dairy, and sugar/spice. Get started with this Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas recipe.

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Weight Watchers Diet

Using a point system, dieters are able to learn the “cost” of foods and what will help them lose weight. Their Weight Watchers Freestyle program now allows a few “free” foods to encourage healthier choices. It is ranked number one for Best Weight Loss Diets and Best Commercial Diet Plans. Get started with this Slow-Cooked Turkey with Berry Compote recipe.

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Worried about mental illness? The MIND Diet grabs the best brain food from the DASH Diet and Mediterranean Diet. It focuses on eating leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and wine. Dieters are encouraged to avoid red meats, butter, cheeses, sweets, and fried foods. Get started with this Barbecued Shrimp & Peach Kabobs recipe.

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TLC Diet

TLC lowers bad cholesterol by cutting out fatty meats, whole-milk dairy, and fried foods. It requires at least five ounces of lean (skinless) meat, two to three servings of low-fat or nonfat dairy, four of fruit, three to five of vegetables, and six to eleven of grains (bread, cereal, pasta, rice). Get started with this Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Toss recipe.

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Volumetrics Diet

Instead of cutting out foods, Volumetrics shows you what foods you can eat more of to feel full longer. No food in its’ five categories are off limits, but foods in category one (nonstartchy fruits and vegetables, nonfat milk, broth-based soup) and category two (startchy fruits and vegetables, grains, low-fat meat, legumes) are highly recommended. Get started with this White Chicken Chili recipe.

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Mayo Clinic Diet

The first two weeks focus on 15 key habits where you won’t have to count calories, snack on all of the fruits and vegetables you want, and probably drop six to ten pounds. Phase two is where you start counting calories to lose or maintain weight to develop a pattern of healthy eating. Get started with this Grilled Pineapple recipe.

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Ornish Diet

Put together by Dean Ornish, a clinical professor of medicine, this diet focuses on nutrition, fitness, stress management, and emotional support. Food is broken down into five groups from most to least healthful, focusing on consuming less fat. This helps dieters to see which groups they typically buy from, and how they can change that. Get started with this Asparagus Frittata recipe.

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The Fertility Diet

This diet will help to boost ovulation and improve fertility (for both men and women) through nutrition by swapping out trans fat with unsaturated oils, and vegetable proteins for animal proteins. The Fertility Diet also focuses on “good” versus “bad” carbohydrates and even encourages a serving of full-fat milk or yogurt daily. Get started with these Tomato-Garlic Lentil Bowls recipe.

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