Released to coincide with New Year’s resolution-making, US News & World Report unveiled the results of its 2018 Diets Rankings.
Compiled with the help of nutritionists, dietary consultants and physicians, the report scored 40 diets in nine categories, including ease of compliance, likelihood of losing significant weight in the short and long term, and effectiveness against cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Tying for top spot in the category of Best Diet Overall are the Mediterranean and DASH diets, two regimes that emphasize foods from the plant kingdom, lean proteins and limit saturated fats and sugar.
While the DASH diet prescribes eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy, its primary aim is to prevent and lower high blood pressure.
In the Mediterranean diet pyramid, fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, fish and seafood occupy the top tier. Poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt are consumed in moderation, while sweets and red meat reserved for special occasions.
“There is an established theme of what is considered healthy eating, but no single diet is the best for all of us,” noted expert panelist Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center in a statement.
“…Ultimately, a ‘best’ diet is one that can be adopted, managed and sustained over time.”
Weight Watchers also received the highest approval rating from experts in the categories of best weight-loss diet, fast weight-loss diet and commercial diet, beating rival Jenny Craig.
Newcomers to this year’s ranking are the Keto Diet — a low carb, high-fat regimen — and Nutritarian Diet – which focuses on nutrient-dense, plant-based foods — both of which received lackluster results.
The Keto Diet ranked last on the best diet overall list, while the Nutritarian diet landed in 15th spot.
Here are the top 10 Best Diets overall:
1.Tie: DASH and Mediterranean diets
DASH diet was developed to lower blood pressure without medication and not for weight loss. The Mediterranean diet on the other hand emphasises on eating primariy plan-based foods.
This diet combines the words ‘flexible’ and ‘vegetarian’, so you won’t have to completely cut out meat from your diet.
4. Weight Watchers
This diet plan uses a point system where every food has a value and you can only eat a certain amount of points per day.
Designed to prevent dementia and loss of brain function, you are not recommended to consume red meat, fried food and cheese amongst others.
This diet focuses on consuming foods that are low in natural cholesterol and high in ‘good fats’ such as avocados and fatty fish.
This diet emphasises on consuming low-density foods which a low in calories but high in volume.
8. Mayo Clinic
This is a weight-loss program for the long run. The team at Mayo Clinic helps you reshape your lifestyle by adopting healthy habits.
Essentially a vegan diet, the Ornish diet incorporates exercise and diet which can help reduce stress.
10. Tie: Fertility and Vegetarian
The Fertility diet is great for those who have trouble getting pregnant while the Vegetarian diet does not allow you to consume meat, poultry or fish.