US News Releases List of the Best Diets For Healthy Eating

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Food News, November 1, 2011
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Which diet plan is the best?

With the holidays around the corner, the idea fitting into sparkly holiday outfit is starting to make some folks sweat. Many are tempted by diets that’ll help them lose 5 or 10 pounds in a flash. But is that really healthy or safe? U.S. News just released a new list of the healthiest diets, ranking the most popular diets from 1-20. You’ll want to give this a read.

What Are U.S. News Best Diets Rankings?
Many clients and friends ask me, “Which is the best diet?” That’s the million dollar question U.S. News set out to answer. To do so, they spent 6 months researching and analyzing 20 diets. In June, Twenty-two experts — medical doctors, dietitians, health educators — then rated each diet from 1 to 5 (5 being highest) in seven categories such as how easy it is to follow, short and long-term weight loss and its ability to prevent or manage heart disease or diabetes. Each diet was then ranked in 5 categories: Best Diets Overall, Best Weight Loss Diets, Best Diabetes Diets, Best Heart-Healthy Diets, and Best Commercial Diet Plans. You can see the results here. Today, US News added an additional category: The Best Diets for Healthy Eating.

Why the New Category?
Many dieters will do whatever it takes to shed pounds—even if it’s unhealthy. That’s why the U.S. News decided to compile a sixth list, The Best Diets for Healthiest Eating. It’s refreshing to see someone putting health and safety first when it comes to weight loss! The ranking for this category specifically focused on safety and the nutritional completeness of the diet (how closely they lined up to the USDA’s dietary recommendations). Safety carried a double weight when the scores were calculated.

The Results
The top 3 Best Diets for Healthiest Eating are:

#1: DASH Diet (score: 4.8)
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) has been around for years. It was developed by the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services and promotes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, while decreasing saturated fat and salt.

#2: TLC Diet (score: 4.7)
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) diet was developed by the National Institutes of Health. It ranked pretty close to the DASH Diet for healthiness. It promotes high calcium and fiber foods, while lowering your overall intake of saturated fat.

#3: Mediterranean Diet (score: 4.6)
This diet focuses on whole grains, lean meats and fish, olive oil and fruits and vegetables. It even encourages you to sip on a glass or two of red wine. All recommendations are pretty close to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines without compromising safety.

Shockers
Want to know who didn’t fare so well? In last place at number 20 was the Atkins Diet (score: 2.0) due to severe restrictions on veggies, whole grains and fruit. The Raw Food Diet came in 19th place (score: 2.1) due to a shortage of calories—you still need to eat enough calories to lose weight safely. Other issues with this diet includes a lack of calcium, vitamin B-12, and D along with a high risk of food poisoning from eating raw and undercooked foods. The ever-popular Paleo Diet came in 18th place (score: 2.2) . It’s one of the only diets where experts agreed that it was “somewhat unsafe.”

Here is the complete list of the healthiest diets.

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