For the majority of Americans committed to getting fit and shedding pounds in the new year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the best diets of 2012 with help from a team of 22 nutrition experts. The DASH diet grabbed the top spot for the best overall diet followed by the TLC diet.
A total of 25 diets were evaluated and divided into seven categories including best weight-loss diet, best commercial diet plans, and easiest diets to follow (read the full rankings here).
The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, focuses on lowering blood pressure by reducing sodium intake and encouraging a healthy mix of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables rich in vitamins like potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
The Weight Watchers Diet, which assigns every food a points value rather than emphasising calorie-counting also fared well, taking the the No. 1 spot in three separate categories.
The weight-loss industry has made huge strides over the last several years, raking in more than $60 billion in 2010.
Fortunately, consumers looking to shed weight packed on over the holiday season don’t have to spend a lot of money. Just check out these tips to lose pounds without burning a hole in your pocket.
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