U.S. News & World Report Reveals the 2016 Best Diets Rankings

- DASH diet remains No. 1; new MIND diet ties with TLC diet at No. 2 -

05 Jan, 2016, 08:45 ET from U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report today released the 2016 Best Diets, a web portal featuring rankings and information on longstanding and new diet plans to help the estimated 45 million Americans who diet each year – and millions more globally – achieve healthier lifestyles. U.S. News' panel of health experts ranked 38 diets, naming DASH the Best Overall Diet for the sixth year in a row. The MIND diet, a new addition to the 2016 list, follows at No. 2, tied with the TLC diet. Weight Watchers continues to be the No. 1 Weight-Loss Diet and is tied with the Mayo Clinic Diet as the Best Commercial Diet. In the inaugural ranking of Fast Weight-Loss Diets, the HMR program and Biggest Loser Diet tie at No. 1.

In addition to the MIND diet, U.S. News added two other diets to the 2016 rankings: the Whole30 diet and the Fertility Diet. The MIND diet, credited with preserving cognitive abilities, takes two proven diets – DASH and Mediterranean – and zeroes in on foods that promote brain health. The plan takes a top rank on the main list in part because it is also the No. 1 Easiest Diet to Follow, tied with Weight Watchers and the Fertility Diet. The Fertility Diet, which claims certain changes in diet, weight and activity can help you get pregnant faster, also debuts as the No. 1 Diet for Diabetes partly because of its elimination of trans fats.

The Whole30 diet, a 30-day program that bans processed foods, legumes, grains, dairy, alcohol and added sugar, ranks at No. 38 on the overall list – a spot previously held by two other popular diets, Paleo and the Dukan Diet. The Raw Food diet and Atkins are also at the bottom of rankings categories like the Best Diets for Healthy Eating, and are tied at No. 34 on the main list. At No. 38 in the Easiest Diets to Follow category, Raw Food was deemed the most difficult diet to follow.

"Our rankings put hard numbers on the belief that no one diet is ideal for everybody, but the best food plans overall are sustainable," said Angela Haupt, senior health editor at U.S. News. "Besides the rankings and data, each diet has a detailed profile that includes how it works, evidence that supports or refutes its claims and a nutritional snapshot – tools that, along with the advice of a physician or nutritionist, can help consumers invest in diets that suit their lifestyles and further their health and wellness goals."

U.S. News' panel of health experts includes nutritionists and physicians specializing in diabetes, heart health and weight loss, who scored each diet for short- and long-term weight loss, ease of compliance, safety and nutrition. Diets were ranked in nine categories, including diabetes and heart disease prevention and control, as well as easiness to follow and likelihood of weight loss. For further details on how the rankings were calculated, see the methodology.

U.S. News 2016 Best Diets Rankings
*See the full lists here

Best Diets Overall                                                            
1. DASH Diet       
2. MIND Diet                                      
2. TLC Diet                                         

Best Commercial Diets   
1. Mayo Clinic Diet  
1. Weight Watchers  
3. Jenny Craig   

For Weight Loss
1. Weight Watchers
2. HMR Program
3. Biggest Loser Diet3. Jenny Craig
3. Raw Food Diet
3. Raw Food Diet        

For Fast Weight Loss           
1. Biggest Loser Diet                                                 
1. HMR Program                                                                 
3. Atkins                                                                     
3. Weight Watchers 

Easiest To Follow          
1. Fertility Diet            
1. MIND Diet    
1. Weight Watchers     

For Healthy Eating
1. DASH Diet                                                                           
2. TLC Diet
3. Mediterranean Diet

For Diabetes                                                                   
1. Fertility Diet                                                                       
2. Biggest Loser Diet                                                               
2. DASH Diet                                                                     

For Heart Health 
1. Ornish Diet   
2. TLC Diet    
3. DASH Diet     

Plant-Based
1. Mediterranean Diet
2. Flexitarian Diet
3. Ornish Diet

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