The Best Diets of 2013

January 2, 2014

Considering going on a Diet? Check out our list of the best diets of 2013.

1. DASH diet


“US News and World Report” names this the best overall diet of 2013. Created by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this diet is designed to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels while encouraging followers to lose a few pounds. This diet promotes healthy eating, cutting down drastically on high fat, high sweet, and high salt foods.

2. Biggest Loser Diet


The diet used on the hit television show, “The Biggest Loser” also ranks well. This diet, which stresses portion control and healthy foods combined with a daily exercise program, claims to help people lose weight and prevent/reverse many diseases and chronic health conditions in just six weeks.

3. Weight Watchers


The Weight Watchers diet has been around since 1963 and is a proven way to help people lose weight. And, it’s as popular today as it was 50 years ago. The beauty of this diet is that you can eat whatever foods you want, just in moderation. Although keeping track of the food “points” can be confusing, this diet works.

4. TLC Diet


The Therapeutic Lifestyles Changes (TLC) Diet, is designed to help people lower their “bad” cholesterol levels quickly. This diet, developed by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cholesterol Education Program, claims it can lower a person’s LDL cholesterol level by 8 to 10 percent in six weeks.

The diet all but eliminates saturated fat and focuses on whole grains, fruits, vegetables and skin-less chicken breasts.

5. Ornish Diet


Developed by Dr. Dean Ornish, this diet is a heart healthy diet, designed to curb and even reduce damage done to the heart and arteries from heart disease. According to Dr. Ornish, this diet makes people “feel better, live longer, lose weight, and gain health.”

The diet, which must be followed in conjunction with an exercise regimen, favors organic fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains, soy products and non-fat dairy products and limits fats, meats and processed foods.

6. Mediterranean Diet


Modeled after the centuries-old diet of Greece, Italian and other Mediterranean cultures, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes olive oil, fresh vegetables, simply grilled meats, whole grains, fish and seafood. There are very few sweets or red meat on this diet.

7. Mayo Clinic Diet


The Mayo Clinic diet is primarily a weight loss diet. The developers claim a person can lose 6-8 pounds in the first two weeks and then 1-2 pounds each week after that. The diet, ranked #3 in the “US News and World Report” study, focuses on eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The diet stresses 15 main points to teach people about healthy eating and living.

8. Jenny Craig Diet


“US News and World Report” ranks Jenny Craig the best of the commercial food plan diets. This plan, which relies on Jenny Craig packaged foods, claims to promote a weight loss of one to two pounds per week. The downside of this diet is that it can be expensive to buy all of the Jenny Craig food.