From DASH to Jenny: Which are the best new diets for 2016?

The U.S. News and World Report consulted a panel of national diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease experts to come up with the 6th annual Best Diets ranking. The 2016 edition focused on these factors to rate each diet:

·         How easy it is to follow.

·         Weight management.

·         Ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss.

·         Nutritional completeness.

·         Safety.

·         Potential for preventing and managing diabetes and heart disease.

And the top 10 goes like this:

Diet

Rankings

Pros

Cons

Claim to fame

DASH

Best diet overall.

12th best weight loss diet.

2nd best diabetes diet.

Best diet for healthy eating.

3rd best heart-healthy diet.

9th easiest diet to follow.

·         Heart-healthy.

·         Nutritionally sound.

·         Lots of grunt work.

·         Slightly pricey

Prevent and lower high blood pressure.

MIND

2nd best diet overall (tie).

16th best weight loss diet (tie).

4th best diabetes diet.

3rd best diet for healthy eating.

4th best heart-healthy diet.

Easiest diet to follow (tie).

·         Combines two tried-and-true healthy diets.

·         May increase brain power.

·         Details aren’t fleshed out.

·         Lacks recipes, resources.

Prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

TLC

2nd best diet overall (tie).

16th best weight loss diet (tie).

14th best diabetes diet (tie).

2nd best diet for healthy eating.

2nd best heart-healthy diet.

12th easiest diet to follow.

·         Heart-healthy.

·         Endorsed by the government.

·         Must keep track of what you eat.

·         Must decode nutrition labels

Cut high cholesterol.

Fertility

4th best diet overall (tie).

22nd best weight loss diet (tie).

Best diabetes diet.

7th best diet for healthy eating (tie).

9th best heart-healthy diet.

Easiest diet to follow (tie).

·         Promotes fertility.

·         Promotes healthy pregnancy.

·         Not for people with blocked fallopian tubes.

·         Exclusive for women.

Increase ovulation and enhance fertility.

Mayo Clinic

4th best overall diet (tie).

12th best weight loss diet (tie).

4th best diabetes diet (tie).

5th best diet for healthy eating (tie).

10th best heart-healthy diet (tie).

9th easiest diet to follow (tie).

·         Nutritionally sound.

·         Self-shaped diet.

·         Lots of grunt work.

·         Slightly pricey.

Lose 6-10 pounds in the first 2 weeks and 1-2 pounds weekly until hitting goal weight.

Mediterranean

4th best overall diet (tie).

16th best weight loss diet (tie).

10th best diabetes diet (tie).

3rd best diet for healthy eating (tie).

5th best heart-healthy diet.

5th easiest diet to follow (tie).

·         Nutritionally sound.

·         Variety of foods and flavors.

·         Lots of grunt work.

·         Mildly pricey.

Lose and keep weight off and prevent cancer and diabetes.

Weight watchers

4th best diet overall (tie).

Best weight loss diet.

17th best diabetes diet (tie).

7th best diet for healthy eating (tie).

15th best heart-healthy diet.

Easiest diet to follow (tie).

·         No food is off limits.

·         Shape your own diet.

·         Point-tallying.

·         Pricey.

Lose up to two pounds a week.

Flexitarian

8th best diet overall (tie).

7th best weight loss diet (tie).

4th best diabetes diet (tie).

10th best diet for healthy eating.

8th best heart-healthy diet.

5th easiest diet to follow (tie).

·         Flexible.

·         Numerous and tasty recipes.

·         Emphasis on home cooking.

·         Difficult if you love meat.

Flexitarians weigh 15% less than more carnivorous people; have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and live an average of 3.6 years longer.

Volumetrics

8th best diet overall (tie).

6th best weight loss diet.

10th best diabetes diet (tie).

5th best diet for healthy eating.

13th best heart-healthy diet (tie).

7th easiest diet to follow (tie).

·         Filling.

·         No foods are off limits

·         Length meal preparation.

·         Must love fruits, vegetables, and soup.

Lose 1-2 pounds weekly.

Jenny Craig

10th best diet overall.

3rd best weight loss diet (tie).

19th best diabetes diet (tie).

9th best diet for healthy eating.

18th best heart-healthy diet (tie).

4th easiest diet to follow.

·         No guesswork.

·         Prepackaged meals delivered.

·         Home-cooked and restaurant food mostly off limits.

·         Budget-defying.

Lose up to 2 pounds per week.

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