For weight loss exercise such as swimming, running, cycling (which includes an indoors stationary exercise bike) and even walking can help but dieting can often help a lot more than exercise. If you're searching for the best diet to use for shedding pounds you might want to take a bite out of the DASH diet. It won the best diet overall honors in the U.S. News & World Report's annual rating of popular diets in 2014, reported the Meadville Tribune on 13 January 2015.

The DASH diet can also help to reduce high cholesterol and high BP.

The DASH diet includes a lot of fruit and vegetables combined with whole grains and cereals plus low fat dairy products such as low fat cheese, milk and yogurt as well as lean meats.

Good and healthy cerials include Weetbix, oatmeal, oatbran, wheat bran and wheat germ. These cereals all have a low total sugars content.

The DASH diet also involves avoiding foods high in sugar, fat and salt, such as sweets, red meat and snacks. But you don't have to go cold turkey when it comes to those foods. Gradually phase out those unhealthy foods and phase in more fruits and vegetables until you've achieved your goal.

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