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What Diets are Considered the Best? Check Out the List

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For the record, I am against fad diets unless they are somehow medically necessary.

The only fad diet I ever went on was the Slim Fast diet and I did it as a formerly very slim person who gained 15 pounds while working full time and attending college full time.

That's a recipe for either losing a lot of weight from not eating, or gaining it due to late night eating, college cafeteria food and not having time for breakfast but making it up by having pizza at 10 a.m. at work (a personal favorite of mine.)

So a few months before my post-graduation wedding (I was an older student) I did the Slim Fast diet and it worked. Yes, I went to bed hungry at night but I lost a sensible 1-2 pounds per week and walked down the aisle trim and slim.

Fast-forward 10 years and I'm now a solid size 8. Not so bad for being in my early 40s and three kids later, but I never did a diet like that again. I simply eat well, watch my calories (the most important part of keeping weight under control) and exercise to keep my body healthy and enjoy some good old healthy competition on the tennis courts!

An occasional pig-out is also allowed! In fact, my dress size doesn't really matter and nor should it. It's how I feel, my level of exercise and the nutritional content of my food. It's not easy, but it's doable.

But some of these "fad" diets can be a good kickstart to losing weight. Most aren't viable for life. They are simply not sustainable but they can motivate one to lose weight and then learn how to control eating, make healthy choices and take exercise.

U.S. News and World Report have come out with their list of best diets and diet plans.

For the third year in a row, the DASH diet has been chosen as the best. This diet stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension" and is essentially a diet to ensure a healthy heart and low blood pressure.

What I like most about this diet is that it really isn't one. It's just a healthy way to eat, incorporating a lot of fruits and vegetables into one's diet, plenty of fiber, lean protein from meats and also eating nuts, legumes and limited dairy products.

What's not to like?

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I couldn't agree more. This is definitely true. I have once used a diet pill (Prescopodene) way back when I was obese. I was told that all pills has side effects and that they are harmful for the body. I realized, that If exercise and dieting won't work for me, what else is my option? Obesity leads to a lot of medical complications so I was left with a crucial decision to make. I have decided to use a pill for weight loss under a doctor's approval. It did help me lose weight but honestly, I also tried minor exercise along with not-so strict dieting. I think it's kinda healthy that way. I am now 3 sizes down and I feel healthier. I am not on the pill anymore but I'm certainly maintaining brisk walks daily plus I also included a low-cholesterol and carb diet. I don't wanna be fat and miserable once again.

June 18, 2013 - 7:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This is exactly what I am looking for a diet a pill. Where did you buy them? I, too, have been trying my best to lose my excess weight for almost 5 years but nothing seems to happen even when I exercise and diet. I have tried portion sizing, paleo, but would always end up with weight loss plateau. wanted to give this pill a try. I would appreciate any help or tips you could give me. Thanks in advance. Cheers!

July 5, 2013 - 5:57am
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