For Better Weight Loss, Recommended Diets for the New Year

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Resolving better weight loss and to eat better? According to U.S. News and World Report, they just released their analysis for the annual 2013 Best Diets rankings, a collection of in-depth diet analyses, reviewed and rated by a panel of nutrition and health experts. The panel deemed the DASH diet the best overall, as it outscored most other plans in its healthiness and likelihood to ward off diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

For the second year in a row, panelists ranked Weight Watchers the best diet for weight loss, as well as the easiest diet to follow and the top diet among commercial plans. The Mediterranean diet, which received attention in 2013 for boosting heart health, claimed the No. 1 spot among Plant-Based Diets and tied for the No. 3 among Best Diets Overall. The Vegetarian (No. 11) and Vegan (No. 18) diets both fell in the middle of the pack among all diets, while Paleo diet tied for last place with the Dukan Diet.

New Diets That Made the List

As a fresh spin on the rankings, U.S. News added three new diets. The Fast Diet, a plan that calls for severe calorie slashing two days a week; Acid Alkaline Diet, a plan that aims to help control your body’s pH level through the foods you eat; and the Spark Solution, a low-calorie plan with structured exercise created by the Spark People online community. While none of the new plans dazzled the expert panelists, Spark Solution did snatch the No. 13 spot among all diets, tying with Slim Fast and Anti-Inflammatory Diet.

The Acid Alkaline and Fast diets, however, landed toward the bottom of the rankings, at No. 27 and 28, respectively. This year, U.S. News also added two new extensive profiles for the gluten-free diet and Low FODMAP diet. However, these plans weren’t ranked, given their specific aim for digestive health. These are two of the six diets that U.S. News profiles but does not rank, such as Master Cleanse and the Cookie Diet.

Before blindly jumping into any diet or setting the lofty goal of better weight loss, do your homework. While U.S. News has done most of the research for you, search the internet to find the best plan for you. This way, you’ll be more likely to actually commit to your goal and integrate the healthy diet changes into your lifestyle.


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