THE winning diets on all counts!

The topic: What’s the best diet? The answer may surprise you and here’s information on why it should matter to you.

This is from a piece I found on Medscape Internal Medicine from just after the first of the year that I thought you’d enjoy:

It’s a new year. Time for resolutions, especially for all of our overweight Americans, and you know who you are. But you may not know how or where to start or what the best diet is. A new report in U.S. News and World Report has your answer.

Twenty-two nutrition experts rated 25 diet plans, and …

  1. the blue ribbon for the best diet overall goes to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
  2. In second place overall was the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet, which is high in fiber and low in fat.It was developed by the National Institutes of Health National Cholesterol Education Program and is endorsed by the American Heart Association.
  3. There’s a 3-way tie for third: Weight Watchers, the Mayo Clinic diet, and the Mediterranean diet.

The report rates more than just nutrition. It also rates diets in other categories.

Weight Watchers won in 3 categories:

  • easiest to follow,
  • best for weight loss, and
  • best commercial plan.

For diabetics, there’s a 2-way tie:

  • the DASH diet and
  • the Biggest Loser diet.

For heart health,

  • the Ornish diet was first and
  • TLC was second.

Near the bottom was the protein-powered Dukan diet and in last place, the paleolithic diet. Apparently, the hunter/gatherer mentality did not appeal to the expert panel.

Each of the diets at the top has something in common. They are sensible … and don’t forget exercise.

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2 Responses to THE winning diets on all counts!

  1. Sophia C. Schwarz says:

    Dr. Walt: I’m finding good success with Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s plan, “Eat to Live”.

  2. Dr. Walt says:

    Overall, I like Fuhrman’s nutrition plan. However, I think Scott Stoll’s “Alive!: A Physician’s Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition” is even better. In fact, I endorsed Dr. Stoll’s plan and wrote the forward to his book. Unfortunately, neither Fuhrman or Stoll’s plans are popular enough (yet) to have been rated by U.S. News and World Report.

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