Dash, TLC, Mediterranean Top List of Best Diets

PHOTO: The Weight Watchers program was once again ranked tops for weight loss and ease of use.PlayWireImage
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The government-sponsored Dash Diet is the best overall diet and Weight Watchers is tops for weight loss, according to a new report.

In its fifth annual "Best Diets" report, U.S. News and World Report ranked 35 popular diets in seven different categories, including best for weight loss, ease of use and healthiest overall.

"All of our profiles are based on the research," explained Angela Haupt, the website’s senior health and wellness editor. “Our reporters spend months analyzing and we only include the research that is robust.”

While Weight Watchers has been highly ranked in most of the categories since the list first started, Haupt said the big surprise was the newly added Health Management Resource -- or HMR diet -- which ranked number two for weight loss.

“Our experts were impressed with HMR because it seems to help people maintain a significant amount of weight loss,” Haupt explained, adding that the very low-calorie meal replacement plan is medically supervised at more than 200 hospitals and weight loss clinics around the country.

The two other newcomers -- the Body Reset Diet and the Supercharged Hormone Diet -- fared less well, ranking number 28 and 30 respectively in the “best overall diet” category.

The experts gave the two diets low marks for being too restrictive, Haupt said. The Body Reset eating plan limits followers to smoothie shakes while the Supercharged Hormone Diet includes a detox phase that completely eliminates alcohol, sugar, dairy, gluten and most oils, followed by a Mediterranean-style diet that cuts carbs and adds dietary supplements, she explained.

Haupt also said she expected to hear from readers who follow the plant-based vegan diet and the Paleo diet, an eating plan based on what cavemen were believed to have eaten. Vegan diets ranked somewhere in the middle-to-bottom in most categories, while Paleo ranked near the bottom across the board.

“People who follow those types of plans have adopted a lifestyle that goes beyond what they eat so they often don’t agree with our rankings,” she noted.

CLICK HERE to read the full report, which includes an explanation of the rankings and detailed descriptions of the diets. And join ABC News Health for a tweet chat today at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s resolutions during which we will be discussing the best ways to diet, exercise and lose weight.

Below, the top five diets (including ties) for each category on the list.

Best Overall Diets

Dash

TCL

Mediterranean

Weight Watchers

Mayo Clinic

Best Weight Loss

Weight Watchers

HMR Diet

Jenny Craig

Biggest Loser

Raw Food

Easiest to Follow

Weight Watchers

Jenny Craig

Mediterranean

Flexitarian Diet

Volumetrics

Best for Diabetes

DASH

Biggest Loser

Vegan

Mayo

Ornish

Engine 2 Diet

Flexitarian

Best for Heart Disease

Ornish

TLC

DASH

Mediterranean

Vegan

Engine 2 Diet

Best for Healthy Eating

DASH

TLC

Mediterranean

Mayo

Volumetrics

Best Commercial Diet

Weight Watchers

Jenny Craig

Biggest Loser

Slim Fast

SparkPeople Diet

Best Plant-Based Diet

Mediterranean

Flexitarian Diet

Ornish

Vegetarian

Traditional Asian