The Mediterranean Diet was picked as the best diet overall for 2020, according to new rankings released by US News and World Report.
An expert panel assessed 35 diets to come up with the final results, examining the evidence behind each diet’s claims. Specifically, they evaluated the likelihood of short-term and long-term weight loss, how easy the diet was to follow, how well it conformed to current nutrition standards, and whether it could be an effective tool for diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Diets that rounded out the top spots for best overall included the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet (#2), the Flexitarian Diet (a mostly vegetarian diet; tied for #2), the WW (formerly Weight Watchers) Diet (#4), the Mayo Clinic Diet (#5), the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) Diet (tied for #5), and the Volumetrics Diet (food is divided into categories based on energy density; tied for #5).
The Keto Diet, which focuses on strict carbohydrate limitations and high-fat intake, was ranked at #34, with some experts noting that it could lead to nutritional imbalances and that there was insufficient evidence to suggest long-term weight loss. Other diets that made the bottom of the list included the Raw Food Diet (#31), the Atkins Diet (#32), the Whole30 Diet (#33) and the Dukan Diet (#35), which the experts thought was too restrictive, difficult to follow, and unlikely to result in long-term success.
As for diabetes prevention and management, the Mediterranean Diet (#1), DASH Diet (tied for #2), Flexitarian Diet (tied for #2), Mayo Clinic Diet (tied for #2), and Vegan Diet (tied for #2) were at the top of the list, while the Ornish Diet (#1), Mediterranean Diet (#2) and DASH Diet (#3) were voted best heart-healthy diets.
For those looking for a quick way to drop the extra holiday pounds, the experts chose the HMR (Health Maintenance Resources) Program (delivered meal replacement; #1), the Optavia Diet (similar to Medifast products; #2), the Atkins Diet (tied #3), the Jenny Craig Diet (tied for #3), the Keto Diet (tied for #3), and the WW Diet (tied for #3).
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