Still haven’t nailed down your diet plan for 2014? According to a new list from U.S. News and World Report, the DASH diet is a much better choice than the Paleo or Dukan diets.
Each year, U.S. News and World Report analyzes 32 diets and ranks them in various categories, including “best overall” and those that can help address specific health needs such as the best diets for weight loss, top plans for heart health, and the best diets for preventing or controlling diabetes. To determine the rankings, a panel of health experts, including doctors and nutritionists, score each diet for short- and long-term weight loss, ease of compliance, safety, and nutrition.
This year the Paleo diet—the most-Googled plan in 2013—tied for last place with the Dukan diet, in part because of a lack of research to prove that it helps you lose weight or improve heart health. [Tweet this news!]
Check out more of the rankings below, then see the entire lists and details at U.S. News and World Report.
Best Diets Overall
1. DASH Diet. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension plan was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to combat high blood pressure. It received high rankings for its ability to control or prevent diabetes, its role in supporting heart health, and its emphasis on those healthy foods you’re always told to eat and recommendation to cut back on salt.
2. TLC Diet. The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet was created by the National Institutes of Health and has been shown to boost cardiovascular health.
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Best Weight-Loss Diets
1. Weight Watchers. Experts say this diet is balanced and nutritionally sound, and gave it high scores for its group support, focus on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and flexibility to allow room for special treats.
2. Jenny Craig. In addition to being easy to follow, nutritionally complete, and safe, the Jenny Craig plan offers emotional support. Dieters restrict calories, fat, and portions.
2. Biggest Loser. The eating plan made popular by the TV show provides short short-term weight loss and may be a good regimen for diabetes and heart health. The program is based on a six-week plan to kick-start weight loss with diet and exercise.
2. Raw Food Diet. In this three-way tie for second, experts say eating raw can help you eat fewer calories and therefore lose weight, but it can be a hard diet to follow.
Best Diabetes Diets
1. DASH Diet
2. Biggest Loser
Best Heart-Healthy Diets
1. Ornish Diet. Founded by Dean Ornish, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, this diet can be tailored to help you lose weight, prevent or reverse diabetes and heart disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and possibly prevent certain cancers.
2. TLC Diet
Best Diets for Healthy Eating
1. DASH Diet [Tweet this ranking!]
2. TLC Diet
Easiest Diets to Follow
1. Weight Watchers
2. Jenny Craig