Jan . 4, 2017 –
U.S. News’ Magazine’s Best Diets 2017 once again crowned the DASH Diet the Best Diet Overall. The plan, created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to fight high blood pressure, is effective for weight loss, too. It emphasizes more of the foods you’ve always been told to eat (fruits, veggies, whole grains and lean protein) while shunning the fatty, salty foods you know are bad for you.
Jenny Craig came in as the #3 commercial weight loss plan, while Weight Watchers came in #1 and NutriSystem was ranked #5 and Slim-Fast came in at #8, and the South Beach Diet ranked #10. For “best diets overall”, Weight Watchers came in at #4 and Jenny Craig at #10, with NutriSystem at #16.
This year’s rankings highlight 38 diets spanning nine different categories, including: best weight loss diet, best fast weight loss diet, easiest diets to follow, best commercial diet, best diets for healthy eating, and best plant-based diets.
The Mediterranean Diet jumped from fourth place overall in 2016 to the No. 2 spot in 2017, while the trendy but restrictive Whole 40 Diet came in last place. (Sodium content is way too high, and there’s far too much cholesterol, according to a U.S. News expert panelist.)