The DASH Diet has beaten 28 other diets to come out on top as the best overall diet for 2013 in a U.S. News & World Report.
A variety of weight loss programs were ranked based on ratings from an independent panel of 20 experts. The experts rated each diet in categories such as ease of compliance, diabetes control and management, heart health, weight loss, safety, and nutritional completeness.
"Diets are serious business, so we've assembled the experts to provide the best and most current information for consumers," says US News editor and chief content officer Brian Kelly.
Increasingly popular in health and wellness circles, plant-based diets have gained attention as a potential antidote to the obesity epidemic in this country. In addition to weight loss, research suggests these diets help protect against diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions. US News evaluated 11 plant-based diets, including the Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Engine 2 Diet, and Flexitarian Diet.
Among other things, an in-depth profile for each diet explains how the diet works, evaluates its claims, and reveals what it's like to live on the diet. For more information, visit www.usnews.com/bestdiets2013, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
Best Diets 2013 features rankings in the following eight categories:
Best Plant-Based Diets
The Mediterranean Diet took first place in the survey's newest category. It was followed closely by Dawn Jackson Blatner's Flexitarian Diet, a flexible approach to vegetarianism, and then Dean Ornish's Diet, a low-fat, heart-healthy eating regimen bolstered by exercise, social support and stress management techniques.
Best Weight-Loss Diets
Weight Watchers ranked first place in weight loss. Tied for second place were Jenny Craig, the Biggest Loser Diet, and the raw food diet.
Best Heart-Healthy Diets
The Ornish Diet ranked number one for heart health. The TLC Diet, a government-designed eating plan that stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, took second place. Another government-developed diet, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), came in third.
Best Diabetes Diets
The DASH Diet tied with the Biggest Loser Diet for the top diet for preventing or managing diabetes. Close behind it was a five-way tie among the Mayo Clinic Diet, the Ornish Diet, the vegan diet, Engine 2 Diet, and Flexitarian Diet.
Best Diets Overall
The DASH Diet ranked number one overall. The TLC Diet came in at a close second, while the Mediterranean Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet, and Weight Watchers tied for third place.
Best Commercial Diet Plans
Some dieters may seek the structure and social support provided by many brand-name programs, so U.S. News also examined 12 commercial diet plans, from Dukan to Slim-Fast. Weight Watchers ranked number one, followed by Jenny Craig at number two, and the Biggest Loser Diet in third place.
Best Diets for Healthy Eating
Considered the gold standard by our panelists, the DASH diet claimed first place for healthfulness. Scoring second place was the TLC Diet, with the Mediterranean diet placing third.
Easiest Diets to Follow
With its extensive guidance and support, Weight Watchers ranked number one among the easiest diets to follow. Jenny Craig followed close behind in second place. A tie for third went to the Mediterranean Diet and Flexitarian Diet.
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