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US News and World Report Recommends Top Diets for 2015

According to CBS This Morning, sticking with your weight-loss resolutions this New Year may be a little easier if you choose a diet that best fits your lifestyle. To meet this criteria, U.S. News and World Report sought out advice from a panel of health experts to rate the diets they believed to be the best for dieters that are:

1. Relatively easy to follow
2. Nutritious
3. Safe
4. Effective for weight loss
5. Protective against diabetes and heart disease.


To achieve your weight loss resolution goal, here are the top 5 from this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the best diet options.

Top Diet #1 for 2015: Weight Watchers

Once again Weight Watchers has received accolades as being the top weight loss diet plan. Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars, the panel found its effectiveness over the long term to be very appealing as well as its focus on encouraging a diet of nutritionally dense foods that have a healthy ratio of fiber, fat, protein and carbohydrates. How Weight Watchers differs from other plans is that rather than counting calories, a point system is used to help dieters keep on track with their dieting efforts without feeling deprived of some of the foods they enjoy.

For example, fresh fruits and vegetables carry zero points, so people can eat their fill of these foods. Candy bars and processed foods, however, are higher in points and are allowed in smaller portions as long as dieters remain within their daily point allotment.

CBS This Morning states that according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2008, a study found that of more than 600 Weight Watchers participants, nearly 60 percent stayed within 5 pounds of their goal weight one year after completing the program. Furthermore, another study found that the more that Weight Watchers dieters used the program’s support tools―such as meetings, cellphone apps and online tools―the more weight they lost.

Top Diet #2 for 2015: The HMR Diet

The Health Management Resources (HMR) diet program is built on a foundation consisting of reducing calorie intake while increasing physical activity and incorporating personal accountability. It’s a two-phase program where Phase One consists of a 3-week period where dieters can experience real weight loss results after munching on deliverable-to-your-doorstep meal replacements that include:

• Low-calorie shakes
• Special meals referred to as “HMR Entrees”
• Nutrition bars
• Multigrain hot cereals

Phase Two is where dieters move on to a maintenance period in which dieters begin to incorporate other healthy food choices in with their replacement meals and snacks. In addition, support is provided through weekly telephone coaching sessions with dietitians and exercise physiologists to help dieters begin to adapt lifestyle changes that will help them maintain the weight lost from Phase One and continue on with additional weight loss.

U.S. News and World Report rates convenience as the biggest plus of this diet as HMR meal replacements save a lot of time shopping at the supermarket.

Top Diet #3 for 2015: The Biggest Loser Diet

Associated with the popular television series, this diet starts dieters on a six-week plan consisting of:

• Eating lots of fruits and vegetables
• Choosing lean protein sources over red meat
• Maintaining a food journal
• Getting at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity activity a week along with a couple of days of muscle-strengthening activities.

The nice thing about this diet is that the panel found that this diet does not ban any food groups and should be relatively easy to stick to. And, unlike the TV show namesake, dieters are not required to engage in a grueling exercise regimen. in fact, Dr. Oz actually recommends following these Biggest Loser Secrets when dieting.

Top Diet #4 and #5 for 2015: The Jenny Craig Diet and The Raw Food Diet Tie

The Jenny Craig Diet advertises that dieters who enroll in their plan will lose up to 2 pounds per week on their prepackaged calorie- and fat-restricted meals. Treats provided by the company will help those with a sweet tooth avoid going overboard. Like Weight Watchers and the HMR diet, weekly support from dieting counselors are used to help keep dieters on track and held accountable.

CBS This Morning states that the report found one con to being saddled with prepackaged meals is that dining out can be tricky; and therefore, dieters need to be aware of Jenny Craig dining out tips to help dieters self-regulate while out on their own for a non-Jenny Craig meal.

The more extreme and least convenient of the top 5, the Raw Food Diet is focused on a life of raw fruits and vegetables, and does not allow any food that has been cooked, processed, microwaved, irradiated, genetically engineered or exposed to pesticides or herbicides.

Experts give this diet a thumbs-up on weight loss success because it pretty much guarantees that the dieter following this plan will only consume about half the calories they would on a diet that included cooked and processed foods, and therefore will naturally lose weight.

However, following the Raw Food Diet is expensive and time-consuming. Having to shop nearly daily for natural produce can be taxing on a busy dieter. In addition, depending where a dieter lives, seasonal natural foods can be limiting factor on what is available.

For more on weight loss plans for 2015, here is some practical weight loss advice on the best diet plans for 2015 from a blogger who lost 23 pounds during 2014.

Image Source: Courtesy of CBS News

Reference: CBS This Morning― “Top 5 diets for weight loss in 2015

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