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Diets!! #BellymustGO

One of the basics to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding those terrible hospital trips is diet. To commemorate our very first issue, we’re starting with the basics. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, eating better is always at the top but more often than not we break it before we even begin. We’re almost halfway through the year but it’s never too late to change your life around.

We all diet for various reasons and whether it’s to lose weight or to improve health, sticking to a particular plan is always challenging so how do you choose?

U.S. News & World Report put together a panel of health experts to evaluate the most popular diets in the U.S. They assessed 40 diets, ranking them from lowest to highest in seven categories, including the best diets for weight loss, diabetes and heart health. In this article, we’re going to look at the best for losing weight.

Most dieting is for weight loss, but losing weight and keeping it off is far from easy. Research suggests that approximately 30–35% of weight lost from dieting is regained within 1 year. But it is possible to maintain weight loss. It's just a matter of finding the right eating plan.

The U.S. News & World Report panel of experts evaluated 40 popular diets for their effects on both short- and long-term weight loss, noting that some people want to lose weight quickly, while others want to maintain their weight loss for years to come. They rated Weight Watchersas the best diet on both accounts, scoring 4 out of 5 for short-term weight loss, and 3.5 out of 5 for long-term weight loss. One of the longest-running, well-known commercial diets, Weight Watchers incorporates a points system, wherein foods and beverages are assigned points based on their nutritional values, and dieters are assigned a daily points allowance. The expert panel "appreciated the program's support system, which helps dieters keep the pounds off."

Credit: U.S. News & World Report.

BY: Dr. David Amoafo

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