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Frequently Asked Questions

20. Can you lose weight following the DASH eating plan?

Yes, the DASH eating plan can easily be changed to support weight loss, especially since it is rich in lower-calorie foods, such as fruits and vegetables. It doesn't require any special foods or hard-to-follow recipes. It simply calls for a certain number of daily servings from various food groups. The number of servings you need depends on your calorie level.

To lose weight, aim for a calorie level that is lower than what you usually eat. You can make it even lower in calories by replacing higher calorie foods, such as sweets, with more fruits and vegetables. Combining the DASH eating plan with a regular physical activity program will help you both shed pounds and stay at a healthy weight for the long term.