Dr. Weil’s Guide To Popular Diets | Diets & Weight Loss | Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Do you have a diet-related health problem or are you at risk of developing a health concern that might be avoided by changing eating habits? Choosing an eating plan best suited to your needs can be confusing. If your aim is to achieve a healthier lifestyle, you can now find Dr. Weil’s Guide To Popular Diets on this site. Many of these dietary strategies have shown promise in helping prevent chronic diseases and increasing longevity, as well as lowering the risk of cancer and heart disease, reducing high blood pressure, helping control irritable bowel syndrome and lowering the risk of dementia. Check out the preview below to identify ones that best fit your health needs or can help you avoid specific risks. You then can link to a full review of each.


Dr. Weil’s Guide To Popular Diets To Benefit Your Health:

Designed to help lower blood pressure without the need for medication, this diet is also linked to lower risks of breast, colorectal and prostate cancer as well as diabetes. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Emphasizes plant-based foods but allows occasional consumption of meat, chicken or fish. Health benefits: a lower risk of heart disease and hypertension.

Designed for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It eliminates foods commonly associated with IBS symptoms in order to help identify those that are responsible in individual cases.

ntermittent fasting means occasionally going without food for longer than you typically would. This may involve skipping one meal a day, going without food or eating very little for an entire day once or twice a week, or even fasting every other day.

Macrobiotics is viewed as a way of life, not simply a diet. Its philosophy teaches that good health and long life depend on proper food choices, predominantly whole grains: brown rice, barley, oats, corn, rye, wheat and buckwheat, as well as fish, whole soy foods, and other legumes, in addition to land and sea vegetables.

A composite of the traditional cuisines of Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, Crete and parts of the Middle East, this way of eating emphasizes fruits and vegetables, high quality dairy products and fish. Shifting from a standard Western diet to the Mediterranean diet may help promote weight loss. Health benefits: lower risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

This combination of the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet is designed to help prevent age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It emphasizes foods including whole grains, fruits, non-starchy vegetables, nuts, legumes and seafood that have demonstrated some evidence of improving brain health.

Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol and higher in fiber, potassium and vitamin C than most other ways of eating. Health benefits: Vegetarians often weigh less than meat-eaters, have lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lower rates of heart disease and cancer.

The vegan diet eliminates all foods of animal origin – including eggs, dairy products and honey, as well as meat, fish and poultry. Health benefits: Vegans generally have a lower body mass index and weigh less than non-vegan counterparts. However, the diet may not provide adequate amounts of some essential micronutrients.

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