Each diet was scored by a panel of experts in short-term and long-term weight loss, on how easy it is to follow and how well it conforms to current nutrition standards.
What makes a diet best? In Best Diets 2018, the latest set of exclusive rankings from U.S. News, the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet beat out a pool of other eating plans, including Atkins, Jenny Craig and SlimFast, to win the “Best Diets Overall” crown. Among the 14 commercial diet programs marketed to the public, Weight Watchers came out on top. (Our methodology explains how.) We also ranked the diets on likelihood of weight loss, ability to prevent and control diabetes and heart disease, healthiness and how easy they are to follow.
Our analysis puts hard numbers on the common-sense belief that no diet is ideal for everybody.
Take DASH, which tied for No. 1 Best Diet Overall. It wasn’t created as a way to drop pounds, but as a means of combating high blood pressure (it stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).