Washington, Jan 9 (ANI): If you've made a New Year's resolution to eat better, you are in for luck, as a new report suggests that Weight Watchers and the government-developed DASH diet are the best for boosting health and losing weight.
According to the magazine's health and wellness editor, Angela Haupt, in its third annual "Best Diets" report, US News and World Report ranks 29 popular diets on their impact and user-friendliness, ABC News reported.
Weight Watchers topped the list for weight loss and being easy to follow, while the DASH diet - designed to lower blood pressure - earned top marks for healthfulness and preventing and managing diabetes. It also earned the "best diet overall" title for a third year.
Haupt said that it was designed to treat hypertension but it's also effective for weight loss, adding that it's a smart, sensible plan that's safe and nutritious and helps control diabetes in addition to supporting heart health.
This year's report includes a new category: best plant-based diets.
Haupt insisted that there's a growing interest in vegetarianism and raw food, and saw consumer demand complemented by a lot of research suggesting that replacing red meat with plant-based protein has a lot of health benefits.
The fruit and fish-heavy Mediterranean diet took top spot for plant-based diets, followed by the "Flexitarian" diet.
After years of diet fads like feeding tubes and raspberry ketones, Haupt said that healthy and sustainable weight loss comes from small, smart changes - not extremes.
Instead, choose a diet that works with your lifestyle, Haupt said.
Look for diets that are flexible and allow the occasional indulgence, she said.
Best Plant-Based Diets are:
The Mediterranean Diet
Dawn Jackson Blatner's Flexitarian Diet
The Ornish Diet
Best Weight-Loss Diets are:
Jenny Craig (tied for second)
Biggest Loser Diet (tied for second)
The Raw Food Diet (tied for second)
Best Heart-Healthy Diets are;
The Ornish Diet
The TLC Diet
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) (ANI)