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What is the best diet for weight loss?

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According to Women’s Health Magazine, a study comparing the Paleolithic, vegan, Mediterranean and DASH diets found the Paleolithic diet to be the best for losing weight. By contrast, WebMD suggests that increasing the amount of calories burned and reducing intake is the best way to lose weight, while U.S. News and World Report recommends Weight Watchers as the best for weight loss.

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Nutritional experts with U.S. News and World Report compared a variety of diets and rated Weight Watchers as the best, giving it a score of 3.8 out of 5. The Biggest Loser, Jenny Craig and Raw Food diets were the next best options, each tying for second place in the comparison, with scores of 3.5 out of 5. However, the experts found problems with two of those in second place. The Raw Food diet is reportedly difficult to execute and labor-intensive, while the Jenny Craig diet is expensive, and dieters may struggle to keep the weight off once they stop eating the diet’s pre-packaged foods.

WebMD explains that a reduction in salt and starches can cause people to lose up to five pounds very quickly. However, most of the weight lost in this initial period comes in the form of fluids rather than fat.

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