Which Diet is Best for You?

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Are you looking for a diet that helps you to lose weight, eat healthier, or manage or prevent health problems? I have the answer for you.

In the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2012, experts examined 25 diet plans and rated them in seven different ways.

And the winner is?

Overall Ranking

(Best Plans)

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1

The DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)

A plan to prevent high blood pressure

2

Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC),

A diet that’s high in fiber and low in fat, developed by the National Institutes of Health

3

Mayo Clinic Diet

Includes foods with low energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, and allows dieters to eat more while eating fewer calories.

3

The Mediterranean Plan

Includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as olive oil, and red wine in moderation.

3

Weight Watchers

Focuses on portion control and encourages plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

(Worst Plans)

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1 Dukan Diet A high-protein, low-fat, low-carbohydrate plan
2 The Paleo Diet Encourages eating like ancient hunter-gatherers, with fruits, vegetables, and animal proteins

Easiest to follow plans

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1

Weight Watchers

Focuses on portion control and encourages plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

2

Jenny Craig

A commercial program that uses consultants and portion control, among other measures, to help people lose weight and eat better.

3

The Mediterranean Plan

Includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as olive oil, and red wine in moderation.

Best weight-loss diets

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1

Weight Watchers

2

Biggest Loser

Focuses on weight loss and includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

2

Jenny Craig

A commercial program that uses consultants and portion control, among other measures, to help people lose weight and eat better.

2

Raw food

Focus on eating plant foods in unprocessed or uncooked states.

Best commercial diets plans

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1

Weight Watchers

Focuses on portion control and encourages plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.

2

Jenny Craig

A commercial program that uses consultants and portion control, among other measures, to help people lose weight and eat better.

3

Biggest Loser

Eat regular meals that emphasize filling calories from fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources, and whole grains; practice portion control; use a food journal; and get up off the sofa.

Best diabetes diets

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1

Biggest Loser

Eat regular meals that emphasize filling calories from fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources, and whole grains; practice portion control; use a food journal; and get up off the sofa.

2

DASH Diet

A plan to prevent high blood pressure

2

Mayo Clinic

Includes foods with low energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, and allows dieters to eat more while eating fewer calories.

2

Ornish Diet

Is a very low-fat diet for weight loss and prevention and reversal of health problems such as heart disease.

2

vegan

Exclude meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.

For best diets that are heart-healthy:

Best heart-healthy diets

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1

Ornish Diet

Is a very low-fat diet for weight loss and prevention and reversal of health problems such as heart disease.

2

TLC

A diet that’s high in fiber and low in fat, developed by the National Institutes of Health

3

DASH Diet

A plan to prevent high blood pressure

Best healthy eating diets

Rank

Plan

Uniqueness

1

DASH Diet

A plan to prevent high blood pressure

2

TLC

A diet that’s high in fiber and low in fat, developed by the National Institutes of Health

3

Mediterranean Plan

Includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as olive oil, and red wine in moderation.

With so many different diets and plans, I hope you can find the one that is right for you!

SOURCES: U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets Rankings, 2012.

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