Experts: "This is the Best Way to Lose Weight"

It’s a New Year and what most women want is to lose weight. It’s the number ONE New Year’s resolution and for many of us, you’ll try anything to lose the weight.  But what really works? What drops the pounds?  

For the third year in a row, the DASH Diet Eating Plan has been named the best overall diet by U.S. News & World Report.

"To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease," according to U.S. News & World Report.

DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was developed by the National Institutes of Health for people with high blood pressure. But it is also effective in lowering cholesterol and reducing your risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney stones and diabetes, its website states.

Unlike many diet plans, DASH doesn't cut out or extremely restrict certain foods. Its focus is on limiting your daily sodium intake. The meal plan has three whole-grain products each day, four to six servings of vegetables, four to six servings of fruit, two to four servings of dairy products and several servings each of lean meats and nuts/seeds/legumes.

Following DASH on the list was the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet, which also was created by the National Institutes of Health. Next in line were the Mayo Clinic Diet, the Mediterranean Diet and Weight Watchers -- all tied for third place.