December 6th

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Best Medically Recommended Diets


The category of “medically necessary” diets may actually be appropriate for anyone focusing on illness prevention along with weight loss. North American obesity and diabetes statistics would change radically if everyone took a harder look at some of these recommended diets before they got to the medically necessary stage.

Here are three:

DASH diet

The DASH diet was developed for those who have hypertension or high blood pressure.  The acronym stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension and it is a sound, whole foods based approach to do just that. And a lot more. If your intake shifted to this simple, grandma’s advice type way of eating, you could also see a reduction in weight, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, fatigue…


  • Focuses on whole foods, removes sugars and bad fats
  • Helps to avoid convenience and processed foods
  • Basic, simple eating plan


  • None




If we had never strayed from this style of eating in the first place, we wouldn’t be where we are now.  If you are very far of a whole foods diet you may find it a shock to have to make the time to think about what is going into your body at the next meal. A little planning will have to become part of the learning curve.


Omni Heart Diet (Harvard)

This diet was developed by the Harvard Medical School with sound evidence from their study of heart disease.


  • Eating to protect your heart will also help you protect other functions and prevent disease.
  •  It is a more comprehensive and focused system than either Canada’s Food Guide or the American “my plate” guide.



  • Very information dense and academic focused-be prepared to read a lot
  • Not user friendly on line and no apparent coaching systems are in place


Learn everything you can from this information and use the DASH system to apply it.


Gluten Free

Gluten intolerance is on the rise so it is no surprise that many people feel better when they reduce or remove gluten. This does not mean that “gluten free” is applicable to all or that you have Celiac Disease.


  • Removing gluten necessarily means that you reduce your consumption of wheat among other grains. Reduction of wheat may be a good thing in the lowering of overall calories especially if it is removed from the much overused white flour category.


  • Not all gluten free products are healthier products.  There is no shortage of treats and junk disguised as healthier just because they are gluten free.



If you think you are sensitive to gluten remove all sources for at least 3 weeks to see if you feel better.  Add back good sources of gluten, such as whole grains, one at a time and wait 24 hours to see if there is any bloating or discomfort.  If you find that you are not sensitive do not fall for the gluten free trap.

Here is an overview of some popular weight loss self help plans and tracking systems.

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


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