Best & Worst Diets Of 2015

U.S. News ranked them, Huff Post curated them, and now you get to see which diets work and which don’t. Hint: Mediterranean & Weight Watchers, good; South Beach & Vegen ok; Atkins & Paleo, not so much. Read on…

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U.S. News evaluated and ranked 35 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 preventing diabetes and heart disease. The government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) snagged the top spot.

  • 1. DASH Diet
     
    DASH was developed to fight high blood pressure, not as an all-purpose diet. But it certainly looked like an all-star to our panel of experts, who gave it high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health. Though obscure, it beat out a field full of better-known diets.Overall score: 4.1 out of 5
  • 2. TLC Diet
    Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, is 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. One expert described it as a “very healthful, complete, safe diet.” But it requires a “do-it-yourself” approach, in contrast to the hand-holding provided by some commercial diets.Overall score: 4 out of 5
  • 3. (Tie) Mayo Clinic Diet
    This is the Mayo Clinic’s take on how to make healthy eating a lifelong habit. It earned especially high ratings from our experts for its nutrition and safety and as a tool against diabetes. Experts found it moderately effective for weight loss.Overall score: 3.9 out of 5
  • 3. (Tie) Mediterranean Diet
     
    With its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, and other healthy fare, the Mediterranean diet is eminently sensible. And experts’ assessments of it were resoundingly positive, giving this diet an edge over many competitors.Overall score: 3.9 out of 5…
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