The Best Diets of 2014

U.S. News and World Report has released its annual ranking of the best diets.
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Lara, thank you. Now the list of what everyone who wants to drop pounds waits for. The annual ranking of best diets. Abc's amy robach, you are here. The magazine made it easier to keep that new year's resolution to get healthy. Panel of health experts ranked 32 diets and here's what it found. It's the most popular time of the year to start a new diet. But which one will work best for you? This morning, "u.S. News & world report" is breaking down the best diets of 2014. We have everything from the best diets overall to the best weight loss diets to the best diets for heart health and for diabetes. Reporter: Topping the list of the best plant based diet, the mediterranean diet which focuses on fruits, veggies and fish and best of all you can enjoy that glass of wine. You're going to need to be a lot more self-conscious of how many calories you're consuming. They don't measure it out. Reporter: Ranking best diet for weight loss the ever popular weight watchers which uses the points system and doesn't restrict any food groups. Weight watchers works by getting your money and base the points off things that will make you fuller longer. Reporter: Topping the list for the fourth year in a row as the best overall diet, the dash diet which includes portion control and balancing proteins and carbs. It's realistic and what the creator of this diet did was provide lots and lots of options. Reporter: And an important thing to keep in mind if you find yourself hitting a bump in your resolution road. Stay motivated and stay motivated about being educated. A little exercise and that is perfect. Experts say you won't get far if you're also not exercising regularly with these diet plans so you just -- shouldn't run in this -- that's dangerous. All these best diets. We want to know the pros and cons. That's why we'll bring in rich besser to talk about that. Let's talk about the top one, the pros and cons. So part leads into the confusion of what we mean when we say diet. Some people mean a way to lose weight or an approach to eating. So the dash diet, the number one diet was designed to control blood pressure and balanced diet. Cut back on red meat, cut back on fatty sweetened things. It's a great approach to life and to health. You're not going to lose weight unless you really add into that portion control. They rated weight watchers the best. In terms of weight loss weight watchers is the way to go. It's a strict system. If you keep to it they say you will lose two pounds a week eating what you want but it's eating what you want but reducing the size so there's points to different foods. If you stick to that it will be very effective. Works really well. Calories in, calories 0 out. The hard hinge is staying with it for years and years and years. All right. How about the best heart healthy diet. For healths they rated the ornish diet, it cuts back on fat in a really, really big way and adds in a lot of soy, vegetables, fruits, yoga, meditation, it's a whole lifestyle approach. Works great but may be hard to stick to. You said you love the mediterranean. I do. The mediterranean diet has been -- george is raising his hand. Mediterranean, you know, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetable, healthy nuts and oils. You won't lose weight on that, again, unless you in portion control. Lots of fish. Yeah. Sounds like a great -- you can have wine. You can have wine. The point that I like about it -- if you want a diet that's going to work for you it has to be close to how you normally eat and I kind of eat the mediterranean way anyway. And look at you. Yeah. But it's also -- it's exercise, and portion control but what I like about it, it tastes so good. It really does so pick something that's close to how you currently eat that you can live with and that will be the right diet. Stick with it. Don't give up. Have a partner. Tell somebody you're going to do it and that can help too. Thanks, rich.

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