The top five:
- DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)
- TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes)
- Mayo Clinic
These may be healthy, but from the standpoint of survey respondents, they don’t work very well. To the question “Did this diet work for you?” the “no’s” hugely outnumber the “yes’s” for a whopping 16 of the 20 diets.
The four exceptions:
- Weight Watchers (#6)
- Vegetarian Diet (#9)
- Eco-Atkins (#15)
- Vegan (#16)
Diets are about maintaining or losing weight. This means balancing food energy against the amount of energy used in metabolism and activity. To lose weight, you have to eat less or move more or do both. It also helps to eat better and make healthier food choices.
All of the diets on the US News list are based on healthy food choices. But these are the only four diets on the list that seem to help a majority of people to eat better and eat less.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”