The DASH diet has been named the best overall diet for the third year in a row.
Each year, US News & World Reports ranks the best diets by surveying health professionals and asking them about 29 popular diets.
DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was developed by the National Institutes of Health a lifelong approach to healthy eating 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.
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.
"It certainly looked like an all-star to our panel of experts," the report said. "Though obscure, it beat out a field full of better-known diets."
Wondering how some popular fad diets ranked? No so well. Dukan came in 28th, Atkins came in 26th and the South Beach Diet came in 17th.