Top Ranked Diets

Thursday, November 17, 2011 // Uncategorized

To me diet is a four letter word.  It implies that there is a beginning and an end.I prefer lifestyle modification.  In any event,   here is the  list of diets compiled by US News and World Report.  It has expert recommendations as well as the votes of users.  DASH diet which is a diet high in complex carbohydrates and low in processed foods gets the highest rating.

Best Diets Overall

U.S. News evaluated and ranked the 20 diets below with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease. The government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) snagged the top spot.



(3.9 out of 5.0)

DASH was developed to fight high blood pressure—not specifically as an all-purpose diet. But it certainly looked like an all-star to our panel of experts, who gave it high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health. Though obscure, it beat out a field full of better-known diets.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 347
No 1180


Mediterranean Diet

(3.8 out of 5.0)

With its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, and other healthy fare, the Mediterranean diet is eminently sensible. And experts’ assessments of it were resoundingly positive, giving this diet an edge over many competitors.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 297
No 999


TLC Diet

(3.8 out of 5.0)

Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, is a very solid diet plan created by the National Institutes of Health. It has no major weaknesses, and it’s particularly good at promoting cardiovascular health. One expert described it as a “very healthful, complete, safe diet.” But like the diets above, it requires a “do-it-yourself” approach, in contrast to the hand-holding provided by some commercial diets.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 85
No 756


Weight Watchers Diet

(3.8 out of 5.0)

Weight Watchers is a smart, effective diet. It surpassed other commercial diet plans in multiple areas, including short- and long-term weight loss and how easy it is to follow. It’s also nutritionally sound and safe, according to experts. Among its pluses: An emphasis on group support, lots of fruits and vegetables, and room for occasional indulgences.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 4298
No 2014


Mayo Clinic Diet

(3.7 out of 5.0)

This is the Mayo Clinic’s take on how to make healthy eating a lifelong habit. It earned especially high ratings from our experts for its nutrition and safety and as a tool against diabetes. Experts found it moderately effective for weight loss.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 99
No 824


Volumetrics Diet

(3.7 out of 5.0)

Volumetrics is an effective diet, outperforming its competitors in many categories. It earned particularly high marks for being safe and nutritious, and experts said it could have a positive effect on heart health and diabetes. “This is an eating plan that everyone can benefit from,” one expert said.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 75
No 870


Jenny Craig Diet

(3.6 out of 5.0)

Jenny Craig’s overall rating wasn’t enough to bump it up to the top. The diet drew praise from experts for being easy to follow and for offering dieters emotional support. But these experts had less enthusiasm about its potential to bolster heart health or help diabetics. Experts also noted that Jenny Craig’s cost could be a roadblock for some.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 339
No 1508


Ornish Diet

(3.5 out of 5.0)

The Ornish diet got a mixed reaction from experts. On one hand, it’s nutritionally sound, safe, and tremendously heart-healthy. On the other, it’s not easy for dieters to adhere to the severe fat restriction the diet demands.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 173
No 1015


Vegetarian Diet

(3.4 out of 5.0)

As a health diet, vegetarianism is solid but not outstanding. While it’s not much good at producing rapid weight loss, according to experts, it’s strong in several areas, including nutrition and safety, that are arguably more important. That assumes, in selecting foods to eat, you’re health-conscious—not just meat-averse.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 17768
No 1486


Slim-Fast Diet

(3.2 out of 5.0)

Slim-Fast is a reasonable approach to dieting, experts concluded. It outscored a number of competitors on weight loss and as a diabetes diet, and being highly structured, it’s fairly easy to follow. But it scored lower than other diets on heart health.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 204
No 2023


Nutrisystem Diet

(3.1 out of 5.0)

Nutrisystem sits near the middle of the standings. It’s fairly safe, easy to follow, and nutritionally adequate, according to experts. But they gave it less-than-stellar marks for its potential to deliver weight loss and its usefulness against diabetes and heart disease.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 292
No 1389


Vegan Diet

(3.0 out of 5.0)

Overall, health experts were lukewarm on veganism, despite its strengths against diabetes and heart disease and its proven ability to produce weight loss. That’s because it’s extremely restrictive, doesn’t come with built-in social support, and may not provide enough of some nutrients.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 15500
No 1498


South Beach Diet

(2.9 out of 5.0)

Although the South Beach Diet earned positive ratings for being able to produce rapid weight loss, its restrictions make it difficult for dieters to keep the pounds off, experts said. Most were unenthusiastic about its nutritional profile and its ability to combat diabetes or heart disease.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 594
No 8964


Eco-Atkins Diet

(2.8 out of 5.0)

Eco-Atkins, as an expert described it, is a “healthier version of the Atkins diet, but compliance is likely to be more difficult.” That’s because it’s restrictive and little guidance is available. This relatively new diet is “not yet ready for prime time,” said another expert.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 10736
No 761


Zone Diet

(2.8 out of 5.0)

The Zone Diet lagged behind most other ranked diets in nearly all ratings categories, including weight loss, how easy it is to follow, and its effect on diabetes and heart health. It’s “unnecessary and tedious to structure every meal around specific macronutrient thresholds,” according to one expert; another stated there is “no magic with the diet.”

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 248
No 8585


Glycemic-Index Diet

(2.7 out of 5.0)

Experts were less than impressed with the glycemic-index diet, which distinguishes “good” carbs from “bad.” They scored it particularly low on long-term weight loss, heart benefits, and ease of adherence. Although nutrition and safety measures were relatively strong, they couldn’t generate enough oomph to push this diet beyond the mediocre range.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 295
No 882


Medifast Diet

(2.7 out of 5.0)

Experts were lukewarm toward Medifast. It scored above average on its effectiveness for short-term weight loss but was dragged down by lower marks in all other categories.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 1802
No 858


Raw Food Diet

(2.4 out of 5.0)

Overall, the raw food diet received low marks. Experts were impressed with its ability to deliver weight loss, but concerned about its nutrition, safety, and how difficult it is to follow. “Doing it well involves considerable commitment and effort, knowledge, and sacrifice,” one expert said. “And there are diets that require less of all these that are likely to be just as healthful.”

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 345
No 981


Atkins Diet

(2.3 out of 5.0)

Many of our experts found the popular low-carb Atkins diet leaves much to be desired, at least as an all-purpose diet. Although our expert panel concluded that it could outperform nearly all of its competitors in short-term weight loss, unfavorable marks in other measures—including long-term weight loss, nutrition, safety, and heart health—yanked down Atkins in the standings.

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 2191
No 18408


Paleo Diet

(2.0 out of 5.0)

Experts took issue with the Paleo diet on every measure. Regardless of what a dieter’s goal is—weight loss, heart health, or finding a diet that’s easy to follow—most experts concluded he or she is better off looking elsewhere. In one expert’s words: “A true Paleo diet might be a great option: very lean, pure meats, lots of wild plants. The modern approximations … are far from it.”

Did this diet work for you?
Yes 5884
No 23994



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