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Get Healthy! U.S. News Ranks the 10 Most Effective Diets

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Lose weight and/or get healthy

Diets aren’t just for weight loss — although for plenty of people, they are precisely for that.

No, just being on a diet might mean you’re looking for a healthier way of life. Or perhaps you have high cholesterol that needs lowering, heart disease that needs some TLC or blood pressure that could stand to be under less pressure.

U.S. News and World Report has the act of ranking down like pretty much no other organization. Lucky for those in the market to shave a few inches off their waist or reduce the number on their bad cholesterol count, they’ve released a list of the top-rated diets.

According to U.S. News, “to be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease.”

Here are their best 10 — along with their pros and cons — as ranked by a panel of health experts:

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  • #1: DASH Diet 1 of 10
    #1: DASH Diet
    4.1 out of 5 stars
    Pros: Good for the prevention and lowering of blood pressure. Big on potassium, calcium, fiber and protein.
    Cons: It's not a diet that necessarily emphasizes losing weight. Preparation of food can be time-consuming and ingredients can be expensive.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #2: TLC Diet 2 of 10
    #2: TLC Diet
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Pro: LDL (or "bad") cholesterol can be reduced by up to 8-10 percent in just six weeks.
    Con: Unlike other diets, this one doesn't spell out a plan as succinctly, which might not be as easy for some people who want more guidance about what to eat.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #3: Mayo Clinic Diet 3 of 10
    #3: Mayo Clinic Diet
    3.9 out of 5 stars
    Pros: There's a heavy emphasis on weight loss, with a loss of 6-10 pounds in two weeks possible. It's considered a safe diet for people with diabetes.
    Cons: It can be expensive since there's an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables. It can also be difficult to try and eat in restaurants unless you're sure of all ingredients.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #3: Mediterranean Diet 4 of 10
    #3: Mediterranean Diet
    3.9 out of 5 stars
    Pro: The emphasis is on health and weight loss equally.
    Con: The food can be expensive and time consuming to prepare.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #3: Weight Watchers 5 of 10
    #3: Weight Watchers

    3.9 out of 5 stars
    Pro: It's a balanced approach that allows dieters to continue eating all kinds of food.
    Con: Membership can be expensive.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #6: Flexitarian Diet 6 of 10
    #6: Flexitarian Diet
    3.8 out of 5 stars
    Pro: People on this diet weigh 15 percent less than those who eat meat, according to U.S. News.
    Con: If you really like meat, this isn't the diet for you.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #6: Volumetrics 7 of 10
    #6: Volumetrics
    3.8 out of 5 stars
    Pro: A good diet for diabetics and also one that can improve heart health.
    Con: If fruits, vegetables and soup aren't your thing, this isn't the diet for you.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #8 Jenny Craig 8 of 10
    #8 Jenny Craig
    3.8 out of 5 stars
    Pro: Pre-packaged meals offer calorie control as well as a balanced diet.
    Cons: It's expensive to buy the food, it can be hard to eat out at restaurants and it can take a good amount of time to lose weight.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #9: Biggest Loser Diet 9 of 10
    #9: Biggest Loser Diet
    3.6 out of 5 stars
    Pro: It's a diet that aims to help users lose weight and reverse disease in just six weeks time.
    Cons: There's a lot of calorie counting and nutritional knowledge needed. Plus, if you go off the diet, putting weight back on might be too easy.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website
  • #9: Ornish Diet 10 of 10
    #9: Ornish Diet
    3.6 out of 5 stars
    Pro: Helps reverse the damage caused by heart disease.
    Cons: Major lifestyle changes are necessary to see results, and some of the diet's staples can be expensive.

    To learn more about this diet, visit this website

For 19 more of the top-rated diets according to U.S. News and World Report, visit their website

Source: CBSNews.com

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