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With so many different diets and weight loss plans out there, it can be difficult to work out what the most effective weight loss diet is for you.

Sometimes it’s a case of trial and error. Working out what works for you and your lifestyle. However, when picking a weight loss plan, taking a recommendation from those in the know is a pretty good place to start.

Every year, the US News & World Report rank the best eating plans out there to help give you guidance on the best approach to dieting.

This year, they ranked 38 different eating plans. From some old well-known favourites such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, to other diets such as The Mayo Clinic diet and the Flexitarian diet.

A panel of experts including dieticians and nutritionists decide the results.

They consider different criteria when making their decision. This includes how easy the diet is to follow, how effective it is at helping you lose weight (both short and long term), as well as how nutritional and safe the diet is. Also considered is how well a diet helps to prevent diabetes and heart disease.

So, what was ranked as the No.1 diet of 2017?

The most effective weight loss diet is…

The DASH diet was named as one of the most effective weight loss diets and the number one diet of 2017! The diet, which stands for: ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’, has won seven years in a row.

The diet was awarded almost full marks for being ‘healthy’. It also scored highly on being easy to follow and great for short-term weight loss.

“The DASH diet is really a safe plan for everyone,” Angela Haupt, assistant managing editor of Health at US News & World Report, told Business Insider in 2016. “There’s nothing exciting about it and that’s what makes it a good plan. It’s not some fad diet making outlandish claims that you can’t rely on.”

What is the DASH diet?

The DASH diet aims to prevent and lower high blood pressure through a considered eating plan of fruit & veg, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. There is also an emphasis on cutting back majorly on salt.

Developed by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the diet takes into account your age and how active you are, before suggesting how many calories you should eat a day.

You can find advice on how to follow the DASH diet, and how many calories they recommend for you to eat each day, HERE. You will also find a suggested DASH eating plan when you click the link.

An easy way to start following the DASH diet is to aim to have two to three ‘meat free’ days a week. The diet suggests cutting back (or cutting out completely) red meat. You could also look to add herbs, spices and stock cubes to your dishes where you might usually add pure salt for flavouring.