The Daily Beast Ranks 10 Popular Diets: Jenny Craig & Zone Fare Poorly, Atkins & Mediterranean Diet Work Better

Jan 05, 2010, 14:40 ET from The Daily Beast

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ --The Daily Beast made a resolution for 2010: to figure out, as definitively as possible, which diets really work. Using the most recent clinical studies for the nation's most popular diets, and comparing the raw data using consistent criteria (six-month and 12-month figures for weight loss and participant retention, as well as 12-month change in Body Mass Index), The Daily Beast crunched the numbers. In 2007 Consumer Reports undertook a similar exercise, but they did not measure for BMI changes. In doing so, The Daily Beast discovered clear differentiations in terms of which of 10 popular diets work better than others.

At the top:

#1, Volumetrics - The Trick: Lots of water in everything you eat

#2, American Heart Association Low-Fat Diet - The Trick: Plenty of fat-free and low-fat foods

#3, Atkins Diet - The Trick: Strict limits on all carbohydrates

#4, Mediterranean Diet -The Trick: A lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oil; very little red meat

#5, Weight Watchers - The Trick: Every calorie counts, plus weekly meetings and/or online support

For a complete list including overviews of each diet, their 6-month and 12-month attrition rates, 6-month and 12-month mean weight loss, nutrition score (where applicable) and 12-month BMI decrease, and for more information on The Daily Beast's methodology, visit:

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