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Congratulations on managing your first 2 weeks into your new healthy year! Some of you are probably in the process of making your new habits stick and some of you are still trying to figure out what your healthier diet plan should look like.

To help you with that US world and news reports yearly put together a review and ranking of the latest and biggest diet trends. Out of the 32 diets included I picked out 3 different but balanced dietary approaches to take a closer look at:

The DASH Diet
DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. It’s a very balanced diet plan developed to fight high blood pressure but there’s so much more to this diet. It could be the key to both weight loss, heart health and diabetes control. With a strong focus on cutting back on sodium (salt) while eating a lot of whole grains, fruits, vegetables,  low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Whit this diet you easily get the whole essential nutrient spectrum needed.

The Mediterranean Diet
Emphasis on fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, herbs and spices, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurts as well as a glass of red wine once in a while. Sweets and red meat is saved for special occasions. Except for significantly reducing the risk of different diseases like heart diseases, different types of cancers, Parkinsons and Alzheimers it can also improve your mood and help you with management a healthy weight.

The Flexitarian Diet
Flexible and vegetarian, a marriage between two words – and worlds. Enjoy the health benefits of vegetarianism by eating vegetarian most of the time but enjoying the steaks and burgers once in a while. Add tofu, beans, lentils, peas and nuts instead of meats and include more fruits, veggies, whole grains and dairy products. All of these are highly nutritious foods and eating more plant-based foods is a really smart way to cut back on calories.

Would you like to try one of these approaches?

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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  1. By Ida on Thu Jan 16 2014

    Hej! I have noticed that when i create My own recipies in the app you forget to count in the carbs which reslust in errors when you look à the distribution between carbs, fat and protein. I would be realt happy if you can tell me if i can change this by My own or if this is à bug with you software, i would like you to fix it to next uppdate 🙂 thank you on forhand as we say in sweden! 🙂

    • By Lovisa on Thu Jan 16 2014

      Hey Ida!
      Thank you so much for reporting this issue. This annoying one is although fixed and will be included in the next update. So I’m happy to say that you don’t have to wait for that long. Tack för hjälpen!
      Lovisa, Nutritionist @ Lifesum