High marks for this Mayo diet (the clinic, not condiment)

It's all about breaking bad habits to live a healthier lifestyle.
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A diet designed by Mayo Clinic weight-loss experts is one of the year's best diets.

That's according to U.S. News and World Report – a "global authority" of ranking things – which assessed 38 popular diets for how easy they are to follow, the likelihood someone will lose weight, and how effective it is against things like heart disease, plus other measures.

The publication then ranked them by best overall diet, as well as by eight other categories.

And the Mayo Clinic Diet came in near the top in a few categories, including being named the No. 1 "best commercial diet" and tying for fourth for "best overall diet."

The other best overall diets: No. 1 is the DASH Diet; the Mediterranean diet came in at No. 2; and the MIND diet was third. Weight Watchers, the TLC diet and the Flexitarian Diet all tied the Mayo Clinic Diet at No. 4.

What's the Mayo Clinic Diet?

The Mayo Clinic Diet focuses on eating healthy for life. It's rated high in nutrition, safety and helping diabetes, U.S. News and World Report says, but it can take "lots of grunt work" and it's "somewhat pricey."

The diet aims to change your eating habits by breaking bad ones and replacing them with good ones. Those good and bad habits are laid out in a book and in the Mayo Clinic's food pyramid, which is based on eating a lot of fruits, veggies and whole grains. It also suggests people do at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

If you follow what the diet says to do, it claims people lose 6-10 pounds in the first two weeks (when you work on breaking bad habits), and then 1-2 pounds weekly until you've hit your goal weight. The idea is this plan will help change someone's lifestyle and then keep that weight off for life.

Some things people might find negative about the diet include the pricey cost of fruits and veggies, how restrictive it can be in the first two weeks of the diet, and how much time it can take to plan your meals.

You can read more about U.S. News and World Report's review of the diet here or check out the Mayo Clinic Diet's website here.

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