The Year's Top Diet Is...
DASH tops rankings, just in time for resolution season
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2012 2:20 PM CST
US News and World Report has released its annual diet rankings.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Odds are, your New Year’s resolution involves losing weight. Most everyone’s does. Well good news: US News & World Report has just released its second annual diet rankings, with the top 25 diets you can jump on to get healthy. The list isn’t haphazard either—the magazine says it spent months combing medical journals, government reports, and more to compile it. Here’s the cream of the crop:

  • DASH Diet—It was originally developed to combat high blood pressure, but DASH ranks as the best all-around balanced diet, with loads of nutritional benefits. Just don’t try it if you’ve got a salt tooth.
  • TLC Diet—This government-endorsed diet focuses on cutting back on fat, and boasts great nutritional benefits, especially for cardiovascular health.
  • Mayo Clinic Diet—This multi-stage diet eases you into a new eating routine, breaking your bad habits. It’s especially effective at fending off diabetes.
  • Mediterranean Diet—This sensible dieting mindset scores big with experts thanks to its emphasis on fruits and vegetables and an overall healthy lifestyle.
  • Weight Watchers Diet—This household name came in well ahead of the other commercial diet plans, proving both better at helping adherents lose weight and easier to follow.

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Nutmegged
Jan 4, 2012 8:37 PM CST
Stick to healthy foods. Not "healthy" labels on boxes (read: marketing.) Healthy foods don't come in a box.
Ultraworld
Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM CST
I used the eat less & move more diet. It really works.
hatchling1
Jan 4, 2012 5:10 PM CST
Unfortunately, few of these "recommended" diets are effective at helping people keep the weight off. Consumer Reports did a major study last year rating diets based on how many people who had lost weight on them had kept it off. Weight watchers was just about the only one. The Mediterranean Diet was found to be one of the least effective at weight loss and maintenance, though all agreed that it was healthy. One of the most effective? The Atkins plan. Dr.s hate it... yet people on it are able to lose weight and stay slimmer than most other diet plans. And... again, Dr's hate to admit it, but people on the diet are just as healthy as those who try to lose on DASH, which is based on old ideas and leaves people hungry, so they cheat. It seems, based on what I've read and experienced, that the good old dietary approaches recommended by most doctors are based on flawed 40 year old studies. The evidence is out there... but you have to read and research. The more recent studies point to sugar, white carbs and highly processed food as being much more likely to cause and maintain obesity. Healthy fats and whole foods, minimally processed, are best for most, and satisfy. But the diet industry, which has so much influence, would deny this and tout their artificial diet foods and extremely low fat foods as healthiest, despite the lack of evidence they work.