The Best Diet Plans of 2014

By: Alexandria Sardam - February 13, 2014

It seems like new diet trends are popping up almost every day. It’s a struggle keeping up with all of these fad diets and an even bigger pain deciphering if these plans are successful-or not. The U.S.News evaluated and ranked a handful of diets with the help of a panel of health experts.

Find out which diet suits your specific health needs.

DASH Diet Ranked: Best Overall Diet, Best Diabetes Diet and Best Diets for Healthy Eating
DASH was developed to minimize high blood pressure and not as an all-purpose diet. The panel of experts gave it high marks for its nutritional value and completeness. It also has the ability to prevent or control diabetes.

TLC Diet Ranked: Best Overall Diet, Best Heart-Healthy Diet, Best Diet for Healthy Eating
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, is a very solid diet plan created by the National Institutes of Health. While the diet has no major negatives, its wonderful at promoting cardiovascular health. One expert described it as a “very healthful, complete, safe diet.” But it requires a “do-it-yourself” approach.

Weight Watchers Diet Ranked: Best Weight-Loss Diet, Best Commercial Diet Plan, Easiest Diet to Follow
Weight Watchers surpassed other commercial diet plans in its short and long-term weight loss. The plan is also easy to follow. It’s also nutritionally sound and safe, according to experts. The diet also includes room to indulge.

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The Biggest Loser Diet Ranked: Best Weight-Loss Diet, Best Diabetes Diet
This plan is built around healthy food and regular exercise/ The experts agreed that calorie restriction and physical activity should work for dieters. They rated Biggest Loser a very effective way to keep weight off for the short-term, and only moderately well for long-term results.

Ornish Diet Ranked: Best Heart-Healthy Diet
The Ornish diet received mixed reactions from experts. A main plus is that it’s enormously heart-healthy.There are many severe fat restrictions for this specific diet.

Mediterranean Diet Ranked: Best Plant-Based Diet
This diet is sensible with its strong focus on fruits and veggies as well as fish and olive oil. The panel of experts said this was a great diet.

Flexitarian Diet Ranked: Best Plant-Based Diet
The Flexitarian diet emphasizes on fruits, veggies, whole grains, and plant-based protein. It outperformed many of its competitors, with particularly high scores in nutritional completeness and easiness to follow, and long-term weight loss. One panelist noted that this diet is “a nice approach that could work for the whole family.”

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Alexandria SardamAlexandria is a recent Kentucky journalism grad with a passion for all things music. When she's not covering a festival, she's out scouring record store shelves for the latest vinyl find. She also likes nail polish and dogs. Follow Alex's tweets @deadheadal or shoot her an e-mail asardam@ientry.com She welcomes all comments!

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  • Joey Jacobson

    This is why people remain sick. Most “diet” adivice is s**t