shed weight or eat better? U.S. News can help. Today, U.S News & World
Report released the fourth annual Best Diets rankings - a collection of 32
in-depth diet analyses, reviewed and rated by a panel of nutrition and health
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. And once again, panelists ranked Weight Watchers the best diet for
weight loss, as well as the easiest diet to follow and the top diet among
How did other
popular diets fare? 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, behind DASH and TLC Diet (No. 2).
The Vegetarian (No. 11) and Vegan (No. 18) diets both fell in the middle of the
pack among all diets, while Paleo diet—the most Google-searched plan of 2013—tied for last place with the Dukan Diet.
As a fresh
spin on the rankings, U.S. News added three new diets to the 2014 edition: 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.
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.
more information about Best Diets? There's plenty to learn. Navigate through
the Best Diets home page on usnews.com to find recipe resources, dos and
don'ts, expert reviews, scientific studies and more about each diet—not to
mention, of course, the rankings. To learn more about how the rankings were
generated, check out our in-depth methodology.
jumping into a juice cleanse or setting the lofty (but elusive) goal to simply
"eat better," do your homework. We've done most of the research for
you, so click around 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, so by 2015 you can move onto that "save money"