If you can't decide which diet will help you meet your New Year's resolution, you're in luck. U.S. News and World Report unveiled their 2014 list of the best diets this week.
A panel of nutrition experts evaluated 32 diets based on several factors including how easy it is to follow, how safe it is and the likelihood to help you lose weight, among other things.
The DASH diet took the top spot. The government-endorsed program was developed to fight high blood pressure, but the panel found it safe, balanced and helpful in boosting heart health and preventing diabetes.
The Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil, and Weight Watchers rounded out the top 5.
Despite its rising popularity, the Paleo diet was the lowest-rated of the bunch. The diet mimics the eating habits of our cavemen ancestors, emphasizing animal protein, fruits and veggies.
Though experts praised it for limiting sodium, it's expensive, difficult to follow, and dieters might miss out on essential nutrients by shunning dairy and grains completely.
It tied with the high-protein Dukan diet, which one expert described as “idiotic,” for last place.
The report also broke down diets into other categories, such as the best commercial diet plans, the best heart-healthy diet plans and the easiest diet plans to follow.
To see the complete list and read more about each diet, click here.
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