For those of you who have tossed away hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on diet fad after diet fad, you may be shocked to learn that the best diet plan might actually be free. U.S. News & World Report has released a ranking report and gives its number one spot for overall best diet to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet.
The DASH diet was originally developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It was designed to lower blood pressure, and it is available for free online.
There were diets ranked in seven other categories, such as healthy eating, easiest to follow, and weight loss. Weight Watchers took top honors in three categories: best weight loss, easiest to follow, and best commercial diet.
When it came to preventing and managing diabetes, the DASH diet tied with The Biggest Loser diet as the best. DASH also won top honors in the best diet for healthy eating category.
The rankings were based on reviews of 29 diets by a panel of experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease.
Each diet was ranked in the following seven categories:
- How easy it is to follow
- Short-term weight loss
- Long-term weight loss
- Nutritional completeness
- Diabetes prevention and management
- Heart disease prevention
The cost of each diet was not factored into the rankings. Many well-known diets topped the rankings, such as Weight Watchers, but others, like DASH and TLC diets, do not have the brand name recognition and were developed by government researchers. The TLC diet finished second to DASH in best overall diet.