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Nutritionists rank the best diets of 2014

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Too often, we’re reading a magazine, a blog post, or chatting with a friend about the latest diet craze, and suddenly we’ve started a new diet regimen without doing any research. Our tunnel vision focuses around the end goal — losing weight.

In its fourth annual ranking, US News & World Report assembled a panel of nutritionists and health experts to review 38 diets, from well-known contenders such as Weight Watchers to the more recently popular Paleo Diet. After the review, the panelists ranked 32 of them into eight categories such as best diets overall, best weight-loss diets, and best diabetes diets.

But, as in previous years, the most well-known diets did not necessarily rank highest. The first place winner of best diet overall was again the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, a nutrition regimen developed to combat high blood pressure by lowering people’s sodium, cholesterol, and total fat intake. The Paleo Diet, which has seen a surge in popularity, tied with the Dukan Diet at 31st out of 32 in the best overall diet list. The panelists ranked the diets using such factors as how easy the diet is to follow, its ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.

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