Best Diets of 2012



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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  • Linda Ellman
    Posted at 10:43h, 18 May Reply

    Hi Deborah…I understand we have another friend in common: Laurie Aston.

    I went on a diet with her which featured Medifast products. I lost 35 pounds in 5 months and it has not come back over the 6 months I have been off it. I particularly liked the “lean and green” feature since I could still go out to lunch!

    I had my doctor run a blood test to check balances after 5 months of dieting, and I was fine, so I am very comfortable recommending the diet. Some of the products are rather dull…but I was able to find some that were ok with me.

    My cardiologist approved the diet and my blood pressure meds have been cut in half. I may go back on the diet for a while to take off another 10-15 pounds so I can get off meds altogether!

    Hope you are doing just fine…and I really enjoy getting your e-mails. Love and blessings to you…Linda

  • Deborah Enos
    Posted at 13:15h, 24 May Reply

    So proud of you! It is such a wonderful thing to get off of medications, all with the support of your physicians. Including the Great Physician!

    Miss my friends and family in the bay area, but do love my life here in Seattle. Great blessings to you and your family!

  • Esperanza D. Klink
    Posted at 03:58h, 24 August Reply

    We all know that a combination of diet and exercise is always the best option. But, I normally eat hard and work out hard simply because I can’t ignore my favorite dishes :-s
    Esperanza D. Klink from certified personal trainer.

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