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DASH Diet, Biggest Loser, and Weight Watchers Receive Top Ranks in US News Best Diets 2012

US News and World Report made its Best Diets 2012 announcement today. The list by the high profile news magazine started last year, with Weight Watchers taking the top spot.

Released today, DASH Diet gets the highest marks on the list, being named the best overall diet. We wouldn’t disagree. In fact, our resident pharmacist and diabetes specialist, Dr. Sarah G. Khan, wrote in November that the DASH Diet is an ideal weight loss plan for diabetics. “The DASH diet consists of lowering sodium intake to less than 2400 mg per day, eating fresh fruits and vegetables and carbohydrate sources coming from whole grains,” wrote Dr. Khan. “It also includes proteins coming from lean meats, fish and chicken, and moderate amounts of fats such as olive oil and nuts.” Dr. Khan also notes endorsements for the diet from the American Heart Association, The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the Mayo Clinic.

DASH wasn’t the only program getting high praise and attention today.

The US News and World Report Best Diets 2012 also breaks the diets down in to multiple categories, naming the best diets for weight loss, heart health, diabetes, and even the easiest to follow.

The Best Diets 2012 list is as follows.
Best Weight Loss

1. Weight Watchers

2. Biggest Loser

Best Diet

1. DASH Diet

2. TLC Diet

Best Diabetes Diet

1. Biggest Loser Diet

2. DASH Diet

Best Heart Healthy Diet

1. Ornish Diet

2. TLC Diet

Best Commercial Diet

1. Weight Watchers

2. Jenny Craig (now known as just Jenny)

Easiest Diet to Follow

1. Weight Watchers

2. Jenny Craig

Of this entire list, only one made DietsInReview’s Most Popular Diets of 2011, and that was Weight Watchers, losing the top spot to 17 Day Diet. Biggest Loser did receive an Honorable Mention on our list, as it’s appeared every other year we’ve published it.

The commonality between all of this plans is that they aren’t based on fads, gimmicks, or quick-loss approaches. Every single diet listed uses similar principles of consuming fresh, unprocessed foods (save for Jenny Craig’s meal delivery). Each diet promotes portion control, moderation, and even a little bit of flexibility. You’ll also find that fitness is a necessity in bringing the nutritional efforts full circle to realize weight loss.

According to a release from US News, an impressive 22-person volunteer panel of industry experts work together using seven criteria, government reports, and data from scientific journals to rank the diets. Experts include Brian Wansink of the Cornell University Food and Brand lab and Dr. David Katz of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. government reports and scientific journals.

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January 4th, 2012

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John LaRosa, Presidnet, Marketdata

As a 23-year analyst of the diet market, I agree with US News' pick for Weight Watchers as #1, but not The Biggest Loser as #2. TBL presents an artificial situation, being isolated on a spa/ranch for weeks, and being exercised to extremes. Who can get away to a residential program for weeks and at what cost? Also, I'm surprised some of the 400 lb. people don't have heart attacks the way they run them ragged. Just my 2 cents.

posted Jan 4th, 2012 8:52 pm



   
 

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