The U.S. News & World Report creates lists on just about everything. With January behind us, they have released a number of new annual reports, one of which is on the best diets of 2016.
U.S. News evaluated 38 of the most popular diets and identified the best. Find which top-rated diet is best for your health and fitness goals.
The list was created thanks to a panel of nutritionists and doctors. Because various people have different dieting goals, they also divided them into various categories. These categories are best overall, best for weight loss, best commercial plans, best diabetes plans, best for healthy eating, best for fast weight loss, best for heart health, best plant based diets, and best for being easy to follow. The panel looked at various issues, such as nutrition, safety, results and ease of following, in order to come up with their recommendations. So what are some of the best diets of 2016?
The DASH Diet
The DASH Diet was actually voted as best overall by the U.S. News & World Report. This means that it hit all the requirements and is therefore safe, nutritious, easy to follow and has good results. One of the reasons why DASH is so popular is because it advocates a healthy lifestyle, not necessarily weight loss.
This eating plan, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was designed in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to prevent and lower high blood pressure. It’s ultimate aim isn’t to lose weight, but the healthy guidelines included in the plan also promote weight loss along the way.
This diet has actually been voted best by the Report for six years running. One of the great things about DASH is that it is personalized depending on your activity level and age. The focus is strongly on fruits, vegetables and grains and on cutting out salt.
The MIND Diet
The MIND Diet was also listed in the report and many people have been quite surprised by this. This is in part due to the fact that it is a newcomer to the world of dieting. Along with the Whole30 Diet and the Fertility Diet, the MIND Diet received pretty high rankings.
The MIND Diet, which includes foods that boost cognitive functioning and takes cues from both the DASH and Mediterranean diets, tied the cholesterol-lowering TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet for second place as best overall diet.
One of the reasons why this diet is proving to be so popular is because it focuses on the health of the brain. It is a known fact that many people who are overweight find themselves in that situation because their brain has developed an unhealthy relationship with food. This is one of the things that is addressed by the MIND diet, which aims at rebalancing the brain.
The HMR Program
The HMR Program tied in first place with the Biggest Loser Diet for best in fast weight loss. Because so many people want to lose weight in a hurry, the U.S. News & World Report has given this its own category. At the same time, they have also warned that these diets are usually not sustainable and should only be used to kick start a healthy lifestyle change. The HMR Program claims to do both of these things.
HMR offers clinically proven plans that combine structured diets, physical activity, and lifestyle-change coaching. HMR plans are designed to help people lose weight quickly while learning the skills they need to keep it off. All diet options use HMR foods to reduce food choice decisions.