It is estimated that around 45 million people in the United States go on a diet each year, with weight loss being the primary goal.
However, whether you’re dieting to lose weight or simply to improve overall health, sticking to a specific eating plan can be challenging. With so many diets to choose from, how can you tell which one will work for you?
U.S. News & World Report put together a panel of health experts every year to evaluate the most popular diets in the U.S.
This year, the experts assessed 40 diets, ranking them from lowest to highest in seven categories, including the best diets for weight loss, diabetes, and heart health. So, we take a look at some of the key results.
One of the longest-running, well-known commercial diets, Weight Watchers incorporates a points system, wherein foods and beverages are assigned points based on their nutritional values, and dieters are assigned a daily points allowance.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the expert panel “appreciated the program’s support system, which helps dieters keep the pounds off.”
The Volumetrics Diet came in at second place for best weight loss diet, scoring 3.8 out of 5 for short-term weight loss and 3.3 out of 5 for long-term weight loss.
Designed by Barbara Rolls, who is a professor of nutrition working at Pennsylvania State University in Centre County, the Volumetrics Diet focuses on putting foods with low-energy density, such as low-fat milk, grains, and non-starchy fruits and vegetables, at the forefront of one’s diet, as well as limiting foods with high-energy density.
A poor diet can increase the risk of heart disease, because eating food high in fat can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and obesity, which are major risk factors for the condition.
But which eating plan is best for a healthy heart? For this category, the health experts analyzed each of the 40 diets and gave them average heart-health ratings.