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U.S. News & World Report's names best overall diet

(WFLX) - Chances are you're hearing more about the DASH Diet among many other weight loss measures.

Experts say it's safe and it works; however, it's not a quick fix.

Diet fads often run their course after a few months, "I've tried several over the years," said one woman running on a treadmill. 

Hardly ever, do these diets live up to the hype. "People look for the short term, the quick weight loss," the woman added.

"It really shouldn't be a diet. It needs to be a lifestyle change," another added.

The DASH Diet may be right on track. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

Now, it tops the list as best overall diet by U.S. News and World Report. "There's a lot of pressure on these diet participants to focus their eating habits around fresh produce and fresh, not preserved, meats," said Lifetime fitness dietitian Paul Kriegler.

He says DASH is best known for helping to treat high blood pressure. It's also been endorsed by the Department of Health and Human Services. "We encourage people to eat mostly whole foods whenever possible," Kriegler continued.

The whole foods approach helped DASH get good reviews, but, dietitians say, it's still not right for everyone. "One place where we may differ is that we encourage people to get an ample amount of dietary fat, especially from natural sources like olives, avocados, nuts and seeds, even egg yolks."

US News ranked Weight Watchers as another top choice for easiest diet to follow. You don't have to go far to find fans.

"It's a structure that I need. What you can eat per day, little bit of flexibility to it."

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Type of food

Number of servings for 1600 - 3100 Calorie diets

Servings on a 2000 Calorie diet

Grains and grain products
(include at least 3 whole grain foods each day)

6 - 12

7 - 8

Fruits

4 - 6

4 - 5

Vegetables

4 - 6

4 - 5

Low fat or non fat dairy foods

2 - 4

2 - 3

Lean meats, fish, poultry

1.5 - 2.5

2 or less

Nuts, seeds, and legumes

3 - 6 per week

4 - 5 per week

Fats and sweets

2 - 4

limited

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