The end of each year brings with it the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Diets” list.
While the internet is rife with false and misleading claims about diet and nutrition, one of the best things about this annual list is the rigorous testing the diets undergo and the very reputable experts who serve on the selection panel.
The annual report features a variety of diet categories, such as Best Diets Overall, Best Weight-Loss Diets, Best Diabetes Diets and Best Heart-Healthy Diets.
Experts on the selection panel compare efficacy, research, reliability of claims and nutrient adequacy when selecting award recipients.
This year, the “Best Diets Overall” category features the following winners:
- DASH Diet – Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension, originally designed to fight high blood pressure but helpful for many other conditions
- TLC Diet – the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change diet, created by the National Institutes of Health is cited as having “no major weaknesses”
- Mayo Clinic Diet – helps adherents make healthy eating a lifelong habit and is also helpful in the fight against diabetes and can help promote weight loss
- Mediterranean Diet – a primarily plant-based diet with an emphasis on healthy fats, this diet is coming up roses with a lot of supporting research indicating its effectiveness at limiting chronic disease risk
- Weight Watchers – always the favorite commercial plan among nutrition experts, Weight Watchers teaches you that what you put in your mouth matters! Easy to follow and draws on the importance of a support group, either in person or online to help promote adherence.
For a full list of all of the winners in each of the diet categories, check out the full U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets list available here.