If you've made it your New Year's resolution to drop a few pounds here are some of the top diets to check out. 

U.S. News & World Report have released the their picks for top diets.  The DASH diet has topped the list for the 6th year in a row followed by the MIND diet and TLC diet.  Don't worry if you have never heard of these diets, I haven't heard of them either.  Here's how they break down.

DASH Diet: Popular because it has easy to follow guidelines and the success rate for dieters to lose and keep off the weight is high.  This diet consists of healthy grains, veggies, lean meat and is designed primarily to help you lower your blood pressure.

According to The Dash Diet Eating Plan this is what a typical day looks like:

Breakfast: oatmeal with applesauce, whole wheat english muffin with jam, light yogurt, and pineapple juice.

Lunch: Chicken Waldorf salad, dinner roll, baby carrots, nonfat milk, and cantaloupe.

Snack: Light string cheese and a kiwi

Dinner: Roasted chicken breast, baked potato, asparagus, tomato spinach salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette and apple crisp topped with fro-yo.

The MIND diet focuses on foods that will keep your brain healthy, including green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and WINE!!

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, here's what a typical day on the MIND diet looks like:

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs Snack: 1 Piece of Fruit and Indian Spiced Cashews

Lunch: Asian Bean Salad with Tahini Dressing Snack: Roasted Tomato and Garlic Spread

Dinner: Grilled Shrimp Brochettes and Quinoa Timbales with Roasted Peppers and Herbs

Finally the TLC diet is to help people cut cholesterol.

  • Less than 7% of the day’s total calories from saturated fat.
  • 25-35% of the day’s total calories from fat.
  • Less than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day.

Here's what a typical day looks like:

Breakfast: Oatmeal and eggs

Lunch: Tuna Sandwich on whole wheat light bread, light string cheese, and 1/2 c of baby carrots.

Snack: Cheese and Crackers

Dinner: Chicken breast and 1/2 c. of broccoli, garden salad with 2 tbsp. of light balsamic

Dessert: Sugar Free Jello Pudding

Of course U.S. News tells you to pick the diet that's right for you and what is most recommended by your healthcare provider and add that the most important part of dieting is keeping the weight off.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, The DASH Diet, The MIND Diet, and The TLC Diet