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Still hanging on to that New Years resolution to lose weight? The most effective (and healthiest) way to lose pounds isnt Atkins, paleo, or even the South Beach Diet.
U.S. News and World Report convened a panel of experts for its annual diet rankings, and the top choice might surprise you. The best diet for the year is the DASH Diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. NPRnotes the DASH diet is backed by government research, and has a lot of similarities to the Mediterranean diet, which ranks third on the U.S. Newslist.
The DASH Diet, like its longer name suggests, was originally designed to combat hypertension, or high blood pressure. The diet cuts back on salt, sweets, and fat, and focuses on lots of whole grains, lean meat and fish, and fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown the plan can help you lower blood pressure, increase good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides. You dont have to completely restrict any food group, which makes the plan easy to stick to.