Dieting is big business – Americans spend about $35 billion on weight-loss products every year. Yep, that’s billion with a “b.” New diets are being released constantly. That’s also why we’re all so confused.
But even though there are different trains of thought, the principles of dieting are pretty simple: A plan must be easy to follow, healthy and nutritious.
The U.S. News & World Report recently published a report that might help clear things up. Here are the top weight loss diets based on the results:
Weight Watchers – Dieters had the best results with the Weight Watchers plan, and they gave it a 3.7 out of 5 rating in the category of “easy to follow.” People are also more likely to return to this plan over and over again, which is another testament to its success and ease of use.
Biggest Loser Diet –This diet is newer on the scene than the others in the top three, but it was ranked as second best for overall weight loss. It’s based on a regimen of calorie restriction and regular exercise. If you’re a fan of the show, you probably know what to expect here.
Jenny Craig Diet – Jenny Craig is also at the top of the “weight loss list,” and the experts believe that the one-on-one counseling sessions probably play a big role in the success rate. On the flip side, it’s expensive and relies on pre-packaged foods.
Raw Food Diet – Although this diet is effective, it is very restrictive and labor intensive. Much of the food relies on dehydration, which ups the prep time significantly (we’re talking hours).
Volumetrics Diet – This one scored well in short and long term success, probably because it focuses on eating until you feel satisfied.
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