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TheDailyBeast: Most Effective Diets for 2012

Most Effective Diets

Nearly every year for the last two decades, the news has been the same: Americans are fatter now than they were last year. The country’s adult obesity rate, currently at 34 percent, has doubled since 1995. And as our waistlines have expanded, so have the number of trendy diets and nutritional fads that promise fast results. But whether practical or extreme, which diet actually will work?

To find out, The Daily Beast revisited its annual diets ranking. Their ranking was derived by combing journals of nutrition and medicine to find clinical studies on specific diets. To be ranked, the dietary studies had to include six-month and 12-month data on weight loss and participant retention, as well as 12-month change in body mass index, or BMI. Each data point was weighted one-fifth of the final score for each diet. If there were multiple studies for diets, results were averaged.

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