Twenty-sixteen saw diet fads come and go, the steady staying power of certain strategies, as well as a surge in popularity for a number of diets making a splash in the news, small talk, and our Pinterest boards. While followers and skeptics purport different findings on the efficacy of each, US News & World Report had a panel of health experts—nutritionists, dietitians, diabetes, and heart disease experts—weigh in on 38 diets for its annual ranking.
Each eating plan was judged on whether it was relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss, and protective against diabetes and heart disease. The DASH diet—standing for "dietary approaches to stop hypertension," came in at number one for the best diet for your overall health for the seventh year in a row, followed by the popular Mediterranean diet and, next, a diet deemed a hybrid of the two—the MIND diet. On the other end of the spectrum are diets just as buzzy but found to be entirely less effective and safe by health and nutrition professionals. So if you're looking into adopting a new eating plan for the New Year, these are the diets to leave behind in 2016.
Paleo Diet: Approving only what the cavemen ate, this diet intends to combat type 2 diabetes and heart disease but is expensive to follow and requires you make everything you eat.
Dukan Diet: This diet promises to have you seeing up to 10 pounds of weight loss within the first week by loading up on protein and cutting most everything else and has, consequently, been assessed to fall short nutritionally.
Whole30 Diet: This buzzy diet came in as the lowest-ranked on US News & World Report's list for the second year in a row. The super-strict diet requires serious commitment and calls for a full reset of how you consume food.
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