Best Diet Rankings Released

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So you’re on a diet, or have been thinking about starting one, but how effective is that plan?

U.S. News & World Report has the answer in its list of Best Diets 2014.

A panel of health experts reviewed 38 eating plans and ranked 32 of them on how easy they are to follow, the diet’s ability promote weight loss, nutrition and safety, among other factors.

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The DASH Diet was ranked best overall.

It has users focus on caloric and salt intake.  It’s supposed to fight high blood pressure, but was also praised for its nutritional value, safety and ability to prevent or control diabetes.

The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) Diet, which focuses on cutting calories and saturated fat, was ranked second.

The more well-known Mayo Clinic Diet, Mediterranean Diet and Weight Watchers tied for third place.

In the Best Weight-Loss Diets category, Weight Watchers was rated no. 1.

Tied for second in that category was the Biggest Loser Diet, the Jenny Craig Diet and the Raw Food Diet.

Read more on the diet rankings, plus how to follow the plans, here.