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What are some diets that work?

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A few diets that have been shown to be effective include the DASH diet, the TLC diet, the Mediterranean diet, the Mayo Clinic diet and Weight Watchers. This is based on a compilation by U.S. News & World Report that judged each diet on a variety of factors and made several lists according to a dieter's needs. The aforementioned diets were included in the publication's "Best Diets Overall" category.

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The best diet is not always the one that allows a person to lose the most weight. It is often one that allows someone to achieve the appropriate health goal. U.S. News and World Report emphasized this in its discussion of its best ranked diets. Diets such as the DASH diet are designed to lower blood pressure, and other diets target those with conditions such as diabetes.

The publication evaluated 32 diets across several factors, including short-term and long-term weight loss, ease of following and adhering to the diet, the nutritional soundness of the plan and any risks it may pose. Special considerations were given to how healthy the diet was for those with the problematic conditions of diabetes and heart disease. Diets that fail to deliver results are often too restricted or do not offer enough structure.

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