U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 'Best Diets' list for 2023, with the Mediterranean diet ranking No. 1 for the sixth consecutive year.
For this year's "Best Diets" ranking, U.S. News editors and reporters "spent months considering potential additions" to the rankings. They reviewed government reports, medical journals, and other resources to create detailed profiles for the diets that made the final list. Each profile explains:
For 2023, U.S. News ranked 24 diets instead of 40, removing several plans that were integrated into other diets or no longer supported.
A panel of 33 experts in nutrition, obesity, food psychology, and chronic disease management reviewed each profile and rated the diets. In addition, U.S. News asked the experts to describe what they liked or disliked about the diets and provide advice for individuals considering the diet.
Following the experts' evaluations, U.S. News converted the ratings into scores ranging from five to one, with five being the highest quality and one being the lowest. Then, they used those scores to create 11 sets of "Best Diets" rankings for 2023, including:
1. Best diets overall
2. Best diet programs
3. Best long-term weight-loss and maintenance diets
4. Best short-term weight-loss diets
5. Best diabetes diets
6. Best heart-healthy diets
7. Best diets for healthy eating
8. Easiest diets to follow
9. Best plant-based diets
10. Best diets for bone and joint health
11. Family-friendly diets
This year, the rankings include two new categories—best diets for bone and joint health and family-friendly diets.
"If you want to eat healthier, choosing a diet that is right for you can be difficult," said Gretel Schueller, managing editor of health at U.S. News. "The U.S. News rankings examine diets that are well-researched and provide sustainable weight loss tips. We added two new categories to this year's rankings to provide even more options to support a healthy lifestyle."
The diets that made the top five on the "Best Diets Overall" list are:
The top diets on the other "Best Diet" rankings were:
(U.S. News & World Report, "Best Diets" rankings, 1/3; U.S. News & World Report press release, 1/3; U.S. News & World Report methodology, 1/3)
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