Finding the diet that will be most effective in helping a person reaching weight-loss goals can be a difficult search. Many individual needs, preferences, and health factors weigh in on the decision.
Studies detailed in Shape, Women’s Health and U.S. News and World Report magazines identified these as being among the best.
The best diet for weight loss is Weight Watchers, according to an evaluation and ranking of 35 diets conducted by a panel of health experts for U.S. News and World Report
. “This popular points-counting diet helps dieters drop pounds and keep them off,” that publication said. “In experts’ ratings, Weight Watchers bested all other ranked diets for both short-term and long-term weight loss.”
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Shape reported researchers at Johns Hopkins University
looked at 4,200 studies to create the most comprehensive review of commercial weight loss programs, and determined the best for weight loss were Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. Those were the only programs where participants lost more weight after one year “than those who were either dieting on their own or garnering their nutrition advice from other sources online,” Shape said.
Women’s Health reported researchers from the Cardiovascular Associates
of Virginia Beach sought to determine the best diet for weight loss by dividing 280 overweight women and men into groups that used four separate diet approaches: Vegan, Paleo, Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). “After 60 days, the researchers found that Paleo dieters lost the most: 13.3 pounds,” Women’s Health said.
The U.S. News and World Report study concluded the second-best diet for weight loss was the HMR Diet, developed more than 30 years ago by Lawrence Stifler, a behavioral psychologist and president of the weight loss company HMR. One expert told the magazine that the rigorous diet with meal replacements and an option for medical supervision “can be effective with motivated clients who have failed more flexible dieting approaches. This is one of the better researched diets. It’s existed for more than 30 years and is supported by hospitals and medical clinics.”
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The Johns Hopkins study indicated the other most promising commercial diet it examined was the high-fat, low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet, “which helped people lose more weight after six and 12 months than those just seeking nutritional advice from an expert,” Shape reported.
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