Many have put at the top of their new year's resolutions....lose weight and eat better.  U.S. News & World Report has named the top diets for shedding excess pounds.

This marks the sixth year in a row that the government-sponsored DASH diet was ranked as the top overall diet.

The DASH diet again nabbed the top spot because of its easy-to-follow guidelines, overall healthy options and success rate of dieters. The diet, which emphasizes healthy grains, veggies and lean meat, was designed to help people lower their blood pressure.

The MIND diet tied for second place with the TLC diet.

The newly added MIND diet focuses on foods that keep the brain healthy. These foods include "green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. "MIND adherents avoid red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheeses, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food."

The TLC diet was designed to help patients cut cholesterol. TLC dieters make sure that no more than 7 percent of their daily calories come from saturated fat (aka high-fat dairy and fatty meats).

U.S. News & World Report ranked 38 diets after working with a panel of experts.