Weight loss tips: top three weight loss diets for 2012

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    Weight loss tips have become very important these days. U.S. News & World Report lists top three weight loss diets for the year 2012

    U.S. News & World Report has come out with a brand new list. This is very relevant to all those who have some clause about weight watching in their New Year resolutions. The top of the best died of 2012 has been declared to be the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. This diet aims at preventing and lowering high blood pressure, and has won the category of “best diet overall.”

    Deborah Enos, a certified nutritionist in Seattle and a MyHealthNewsDaily contributor, said, “While it may have started as a [blood pressure] lowering diet, it really has incredible nutritional value.”

    The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet came at the second place and aims at lowering cholesterol. The Mayo Clinic diet to lose weight came third.

    Enos added, “TLC is another example of a wonderful ‘medical’ type of diet that has gone mainstream,” Enos said. But while it’s low sodium requirement means it boosts heart health, it may be hard for some to follow.

    The description by the U.S. News & World Report stated that “The TLC diet takes work and a certain aptitude for reading nutrition labels.”

    Enos further elaborated, stressing on its easy-to-follow regime, “The easy-to-follow aspect is almost more important than the weight lost on a program. Now, for my clients who need to lower their cholesterol levels, this is an amazing and necessary diet for them to consider.”

    The three diets were selected by a group of 22 experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease. 25 diets were rated by the experts in seven categories: how easy are they to follow, their ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety and potential for preventing and managing diabetes and heart disease.

    The rankings also state the best diets for weight loss. They are, in accordance with their rank: the Weight Watchers Diet, the Biggest Loser Diet and the Jenny Craig Diet.

    Enos explained, “The data show that dieters had the best luck with Weight Watchers for both short and long term weight loss. The Weight Watchers plan is also the diet that people most often return to — it appears in the article (and in my own experience) to be the diet that people really refer back to over their lifetime.”

    Weight Watchers diet plan also won in the category of best commercial diet plan, beating the Jenny Craig diet. The Jenny Craig diet lost on account of excessive use of packaged meals and also because it was high costing.

    But Jenny Craig was the winner when Consumer Reports released its ratings of commercial diet plans in May. However, the raters did acknowledge that the diet is hard to follow. They chose the diet because they had to available material that cited a two-year study of 332 people showing that 92% of participants stuck with the diet. That study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010.