What is The Flexitarian Diet?

Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: flexible and vegetarian. 

The term was coined more than a decade ago by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in her 2009 book "The Flexitarian Diet: 

The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life." 

Blatner says you don't have to eliminate meat completely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism 

you can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still enjoy a burger or steak when the urge hits. 

By eating more plants and less meat, it’s suggested that people who follow the diet will not only lose weight 

but can improve their overall health, lowering their rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and live longer as a result. 

These diets fall within accepted ranges for the amount of protein, carbs, fat and other nutrients they provide.

The Flexitarian Diet ranked #2 in Best Diets Overall. 40 diets were evaluated with input from a panel of health experts.