The Best Diet for You
The Atkins’ Nutritional Approach
Weight Watchers PointsPlus
The South Beach Diet
Choose My Plate—US Department of Agriculture http://www.choosemyplate.gov
Eat Right—Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.eatright.org
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 04/2015 -
- Update Date: 04/22/2015 -
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