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June 7, 2011

DASH Diet best way to lose weight, according to new rankings

dash diet obesityThe DASH Diet, designed initially to help people lower their blood pressure and sodium levels, is also the best eating plan to lose weight, according to a ranking of diets by U.S. News & World Report released today.

The panel of 22 experts who came up with the rankings for the magazine said the DASH Diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was "heart-healthy and nutritionally sound."

Three diets tied for the  No. 2 position: the Mediterranean Diet, the TLC Diet and Weight Watchers.

The DASH diets consists of eating lots of fruits and vegetables, low-fat or non-fat dairy products and whole graints. It is high fiber and rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Read what my colleagues at the Exercists blog had to say about the DASH diet.

Consumer Reports also did a ranking recently of diets. They said Jenny Craig was the best.

What diets have worked for you guys?

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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