Recently, U.S. News & World Report evaluated 25 different diet plans and provided their own ratings.
The DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), a plan to prevent high blood pressure, took the top spot in the Best Diets Overall category.
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC), a diet that's high in fiber and low in fat, developed by the National Institutes of Health, took second place.
Mayo Clinic Diet, the Mediterranean, and Weight Watchers all tied for third place overall.
- Mayo Clinic Diet includes foods with low energy density, such as fruits and vegetables, and allows dieters to eat more while eating fewer calories.
- The Mediterranean plan includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as olive oil, and red wine in moderation.
- Weight Watchers focuses on portion control and encourages plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
These plans were also rated six other ways, such as best diabetes diet, best commercial plan, and easiest diets to follow. A founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, David Katz, MD, MPH, noted that, "The diets near the top of the lists are sensible." "Those on the bottom we wouldn't recommend you choose."