Jan 7, 2015 3:36 PM
Is losing weight one of your New Year's resolutions? If so, you're among millions. U.S. News and World Report is helping to make the task of picking the right way to go about it a little easier by ranking dozens of diets.
A panel of nutritionists and physicians ranked 35 diets and rated them on long and short-term weight loss, ease, safety and nutrition.
For a fifth year in a row, the best overall diet goes to the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). It received a score of 4.1 out of five, getting high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and for supporting heart health.
In second place in the Best Diets Overall category, the TLC diet (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes).
In third place, a three way tie between the Mayo Clinic Diet, the Mediterranean Diet, and Weight Watchers.
The best weight-loss diet goes to Weight Watchers. It is also on top for easiest diet to follow. It scored high for being nutritionally safe, and for group support.
In second place for Best Weight Loss is the HMR diet. There's a three way tie for third place with Jenny Craig, the Biggest Loser, and the Raw Food Diets.
As for the worst overall diet, that goes to the popular Paleo Diet, often called the Caveman Diet. Experts took issue with the diet on every measure regardless of the goal - weight loss, heart health or finding a diet that's easy to follow.
Click here for more information on each of the 35 diets in the report.