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Best Diets of 2014

Best  Diets of 2014

U.S. News & World Report evaluated and ranked several diets with input from a panel of health experts.

To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease.

BEST DIETS (from lowest to highest scores) 

9 (Tied). The Dean Ornish Diet -- The Ornish Diet got mixed reviews. Experts say the diet is very nutritionally sound and very heart healthy, but on the other hand the diet can be hard to stick to and can be kind of expensive. Learn more...

9 (Tied). Biggest Loser Diet -- The Biggest Loser Diet will leave you feeling full and nourished and no foods are off limits on this diet, but it is a lot of work (it's a lifestyle change, not a diet) and it can be a little pricey. The diet emphasizes eating regular, healthy meals and lots of exercise. Learn more...

8. Jenny Craig Diet -- Some pros for this diet include that pre-packaged meals are delivered right to your home and that there is no guesswork involved. What you're supposed to eat is laid out right in front of you. Some of the cons -- there is absolutely no room for homemade or restarurant meals and the plan is very expensive. But your money may be worth it. You're given a personalized meal and exercise plan, plus weekly counseling sessions. Learn more...  

6. (Tied) Volumetrics Diet -- The Volumetrics Diet received high praise because no foods are off limits and it leaves participants feeling full. The downsides of the diet include a lot of meal prep and the fact that if you don't like fruits and veggies -- you can't particiapte in this diet successfully. The thought behind the diet is that people tend to consume the same volume or weight of food each day, regardless of calories, so if you replace fatty, calorie-laden foods with healthier options you will still feel full all the time, but will still lose weight. Learn more...

6. (Tied) Flexitarian Diet -- The Flexitarian diet focuses on fruits, veggies, whole grains, and plant-based protein. It is a smart and healthy choice. It outperformed many of its competitors, because of its nutritional completeness, easiness to follow, and long-term weight loss. Some complaints included a very strong focus on home cooking and it may be tough if you don't like fruits and veggies. Learn more...

3. (Tied) Weight Watchers -- Weight Watchers is a smart, effective diet. It surpassed other commercial diet plans in multiple areas, including short- and long-term weight loss and how easy it is to follow. It's also nutritionally sound and safe. Among its pluses: An emphasis on group support, lots of fruits and vegetables, and room for occasional indulgences. Some of the downsides of the diet include the diet's price and the fact that you have to continuously count points with the system. Learn more...

3. (Tied) Mediterranean Diet -- The Mediterranean Diet focuses on weight control and getting rid of a host of chronic diseases linked to weight and lack of exercise. The diet is praised for its nutritionally sound base principles and the number of diverse foods and flavors incorporated. Some cons to the diet include its price and the amount of work it takes to keep up with the requirements of the plan. Learn more... 

3. (Tied) Mayo Clinic Diet -- The Mayo Clinic Diet is all about weight loss. The diet focuses on replacing bad habits with good ones using the plan's specialized food pyramid. Some pros include the ability to shape your own diet plan and that the diet is good for your overall health and wellness. Some cons include the amount of work it takes to keep up with the diet and the cost of the food. Learn more... 

2. The TLC Diet -- The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet is considered to be a very solid diet plan created by the National Institutes of Health. It has no major weaknesses, and it's particularly good at promoting cardiovascular health. The downsides, if any, include a lot of do-it-yourself work, including reading nutritional labels, which comes in contrast to very structured systems of some commercial diets. Learn more... 

1. DASH Diet -- The Dash Diet aims to prevent and lower high blood pressure by teaching participants a healthy eating pattern. It receives high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent and control diabetes, and its role in supporting heart health. Learn more... 

 

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