Issue date: Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Rankings for best diets overall.
Each year health experts from the U.S. News & World Report evaluate and rank popular diets. Diets/eating plans are top ranked if they are, of course, nutritious but also if they are safe, easy to follow, and effective for weight loss, diabetes, and heart disease. There's a Best Diets Overall category as well as categories for best diets for heart healthy eating, diabetes, weight loss, plant-based eating, best commercial weight loss plans, and easiest diets to follow. Rankings for best diets overall and best heart healthy diets are as follows: (See http://health.usnews.com/best-diet for other rankings and more in-depth info on each eating plan.)
Best Diets Overall
#1: DASH Diet
#2: TLC Diet
#3: Mediterranean Diet , Mayo Clinic Diet, and Weight Watchers Diet
#6: Flexitarian Diet & Volumetrics Diet
#8: Jenny Craig
#9: Ornish Diet & Biggest Loser Diet
Best Heart-Healthy Diets
#1: Ornish Diet
#2: TLC Diet
#3: DASH Diet
#4: Mediterranean Diet
#5: Vegan Diet & Engine 2 Diet
#7: Flexitarian Diet
#8: Vegetarian Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet
Deciding which eating plan to follow can be confusing to some. From a dietitian's perspective, a common denominator of all of these healthy eating plans is the abundance of plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Healthy fats are also prominent such as olive oil, nuts, and nut butters (with the exception of the Ornish Diet and Engine 2 Diet). The other striking difference is eating whole foods versus processed/convenience-type foods and fast food. Whole food will always nourish our bodies in a way that heavily processed foods cannot.
Eating whole foods and plenty of plant-based foods has many rewards. Eating in this way can reduce your risk for many chronic diseases (i.e.-heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and many cancers), reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, help you achieve a healthy weight, and most importantly---live with a higher quality of life.
Not sure how to include more plant-based foods in your meals and snacks? Registered dietitians are the nutrition experts whom can create an individualized eating plan right for you. Schedule a nutrition consult with registered dietitian, Heather Klug, in the Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center or stop in our center for recipes and handouts on healthier eating.