The start of a new year is a great time to kick off healthy lifestyle habits. People are always desperate to find the trendiest, most effective diets to lose weight and get healthy. However, some of these trendy diets aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.
With the help of a panel of 22 health specialists, U.S. News has ranked the 35 best and worst diets for the upcoming year. In order to score the highest, diets were ranked according to nutrition, safety, effectiveness, prevention against heart disease/diabetes, and how simple they were to follow.
According to the magazine and its panel of experts, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is the best diet. For the second year in a row, the DASH diet has proven to be successful at lowering blood pressure and cholesterol through a high carb, low fat, and low sodium meal plan.
Another diet that ranked high on the list was the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) diet, which aims to improve cardiovascular health. Coming in third place was the Mediterranean diet, which has been proven to have immense health benefits like anti-aging and weight loss.
When it comes to the worst diets, there were a few popular names on the list. The Paleo and Dukan diets tied for the bottom spot, each of them only ranking a 2 out of 5. Each diet attempts to promote weight loss and cardiovascular health, but don’t have a lot of research or results to back them up.
"A true paleo diet might be a great option: very lean, pure meats, lots of wild plants," said one expert. "However, duplicating such a regimen in modern times would be difficult." One panelist even referred to the Dukan as "idiotic," saying it was too regimented.
Each diet on the list has good and bad qualities. If you’re looking for the perfect diet to kick off your New Year/New You, the best thing you can do is research! Take the time to learn about each diet and discover which one best fits your lifestyle. The more a diet works for you, the more likely you are to stick with it and see results!