Dieting? Your 10 Best Options
Weight Watchers, Atkins make it in top 5
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2011 1:38 PM CST
Salad good, croutons ... bad?   (©jeffreyw)

(Newser) – If one of your New Year’s resolutions just so happened to involve dieting, you’re in luck: The Daily Beast does your homework for you, analyzing 10 major diets for overall weight loss, change in BMI, and of course, whether the weight loss actually sticks. The result? A ranking of the most effective diets:

  1. Volumetrics: It focuses on foods packed with water, like soup and non-starchy vegetables to make you feel more satisfied. The 6-month mean weight loss is 19.6lbs.
  2. Low-fat diet: Pretty simple, really. Stick to a diet in which up to 30% of your calories come from fat and 10% from saturated fat, and eat 1,500 calories a day (women) or 1,800 (men). The 6-month mean weight loss is 12.9lbs.

  1. Weight Watchers: It’s all about counting calories, fat, and fiber via the popular points system—and lots of support helps. The 6-month mean weight loss is 12.3lbs.
  2. Mediterranean diet: Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oil are the core of this diet; red meat is largely avoided. The 6-month mean weight loss is 10.1lbs.
  3. Atkins diet: You know the drill … carbs are bad! The 6-month mean weight loss is 12.1lbs.
Click for the complete list—or, if you can’t handle the thought of Atkins, click for some carb-friendly diet ideas.

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Jan 3, 2011 4:49 PM CST
VLCD diet doctor supervised i lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks. You have to change your lifestyle.
Jan 3, 2011 2:13 PM CST
Pepcid Complete mysteriously disappearing off the shelves currently shapes my diet
Jan 3, 2011 1:57 PM CST
Diets in the conventional meaning of the word don't work over the long term. As soon as you go off your "diet," you just gain the weight right back. Thinking about it as "I want to lose 10 pounds" won't work.