Looking for a way to help you drop those extra pounds this year? According to U.S. News & World Reports, the DASH diet might just be your best option.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was recently voted “best diet overall” by the publication in its “2012 Best Diets Rankings,” which compared 25 of the most popular diet plans.

Although the DASH diet isn’t extremely well-known and was ranked ninth as “best diet for weight loss,” the folks over at U.S. News & World Reports picked it to top the list because of its easiness to follow, its ability to produce long-term results, and its health benefits.

Created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the DASH diet was created to help individuals prevent or improve hypertension (blood pressure) through healthy eating habits. The diet consists of eating fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, while getting rid of calorie- and fat-laden sweets and red meat.

In short, the DASH diet just reemphasizes good eating habits many of us have neglected to follow.

Are you following a diet plan this year or are just focusing on healthy eating? 

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