THE DASH DIET FOR WEIGHT LOSS: Lose Weight and Keep It Off -- the Healthy Way -- With America's Most Respected Diet, by Thomas J. Moore, M.D., Megan C. Murphy, and Mark Jenkins. Free Press, 394 pp., $26.

The DASH diet -- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension -- can boast its ranking as U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 Best Overall Diet. Teams of doctors from prestigious universities, including Duke, Johns Hopkins and Harvard, developed it, then followed up with a tightly controlled study. More than 100 scientific articles say DASH is the way to go.

"The DASH diet truly is the eating pattern that will protect your health for life," writes Moore, lead physician on the development team.

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THE SCOOP The book emphasizes Hi-Lo-Slo: HIgh volume, LOw calorie, SLOw to eat. You'll learn calorie and serving goals based on your weight and sex and foods to choose (raw veggies) or avoid (French fries).

THE BOTTOM LINE DASH offers many pages of meal plans and recipes. Useful FAQs include how to deal with the diet saboteur in your life.