Right now you're midway through the first week of your new year's resolution, and it's probably beginning to feel tough. If your goal was to eat healthier or lose weight in 2017, we have good news that should make things easier.
Every year, editors and reporters at the U.S. News & World Report spend months researching which diets are the most effective.
With the help of a team of medical experts, the magazine ranks each diet in seven categories, including how easy it is, how much weight you'll lose, and any health risks.
While you may not have heard of this year's winner, the DASH diet, it's been named the best overall diet for the past seven years, so it's worth considering if you need a little help keeping the pounds away this year.
The DASH diet was invented in the 1990s by the National Institute of Health to help fight hypertension, or high blood pressure. DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension, which is exactly what it is: a plan that helps lower blood pressure and lose weight by targeting things like salt, red meat, and alcohol.
But don't worry, you won't feel deprived while you're on DASH, you can still treat yourself to some healthier choices.
First, you'll want to add more vegetables and whole grains to your diet. If you can, try a vegetarian meal or two each week. You should also switch red meat for lean poultry, or fish.
Limit your alcohol consumption, and use herbs and spices to season your food, not salt. Finally, treat yourself to a little dessert. Just make sure it's a healthy serving of fruit.
It may sound tough, but soon you'll be seeing results. Not only is this diet great for high blood pressure, U.S. News and World Report says it's also good for keeping diabetes in check and losing weight. With all those benefits,we guess it's worth a try.
If DASH doesn't sound like your thing, the same group of experts has some other handy recommendations. If you're only concerned with losing weight, they suggest signing up with Weight Watchers. If you want something easy to follow, try the Mediterranean Diet, which is pretty close to DASH but lets you drink red wine in moderation.
Whichever diet you choose this year, remember to take it slow and go easy on yourself! Becoming the new, healthier you is a marathon, not a dash.