It’s January 6—almost a full week into 2012—and by now you’ve likely discovered that the gym is crowded, dieting is no fun, and Jenny Craig is expensive. (Search: What's the most successful weight loss plan?) While the hype about resolutions has passed its saturation point, we thought it would be useful to take a look back at the week that could be considered Black Friday of the health and fitness world and recap what dominated discussions this year.
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Maybe generating the most buzz, U.S. News and World Report released its second annual diet rankings. The DASH Diet—which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and was designed to combat high blood pressure—came out on top, winning the title of Best Diet Overall, as well as The Best Diet for Healthy Eating. Weight Watchers nabbed recognition for Best Weight Loss Diet, Best Commercial Diet Plan and Easiest Diet to Follow. The Biggest Loser Diet and DASH Diet were named the best diets for diabetes and the Ornish Diet—Professor Dean Ornish’s plan that groups food into five categories ranging from most to least healthful and restricts fat to 10% of daily calorie intake—received acknowledgement for being the most heart-healthy.