The Best Diet Plans of 2014By: 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.
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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