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U.S. News Ranks Best Diets for Fast Weight Loss

Jessie Whitman | January 25th, 2013

Best Diet to Lose WeightU.S. News has released its list of best diets for 2013. A panel of nutritionists, dietitians, psychologists and physicians who specialize in obesity, diabetes and heart disease evaluated 29 different weight loss plans to determine the diets which were most effective at achieving overall weight loss results. Some of the high-ranking diets on the list are well-recognized and have been very popular for years, while other diets have not garnered as much mainstream media attention yet.

The criteria used to analyze the diets was based on the safety of the program, its nutritional value, how easy the program is to understand and execute, its ability to produce fast weight loss results and enable people to maintain the weight loss long-term. Whether the diet helps prevent and manage medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes was also taken into consideration.

Top 5 best diets for weight loss

According to the U.S. News panel of experts, the best overall diet plans for the purpose of losing weight are Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser Diet, Jenny Craig, Raw Food Diet, and Volumetrics. For those looking for how to lose weight fast, while maintaining health and nutrition, these are some of your best bets:

#1) Weight Watchers: A diet plan that consists of counting points in order to minimize the number of calories consumed per day and to promote eating foods rich in nutrients. The program facilitates losing weight quickly but it is only moderately successful at sustaining long-term results, since many people have difficulty staying on the plan.

#2) The Biggest Loser Diet: Comprised of eating healthy foods and regularly exercising for six weeks. The plan emphasizes portion control and mostly eating foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and protein. The diet is effective at achieving fast weight loss results and is also moderately successful at helping people keep the weight off.

#3) Jenny Craig: Restricts calorie consumption and controls food portions with its delivery of pre-packaged meals and recipes. The program also offers an exercise plan to help burn off the calories. Jenny Craig stood out from all of the other competitors because the program provides substantial emotional support to participants through weekly individual counseling sessions. The diet allows people to shed excess pounds in a short amount of time, but it may be difficult for people to keep the weight off once they stop eating the pre-packaged meals.

#4) The Raw Food Diet: Entails eating mostly plant-based foods that are not heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit when they are cooked. The diet is based on the theory that raw foods are filled with natural enzymes and nutrients that boost the immune system and lead to weight loss. You can eat foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and raw fish while on this diet. Since people consume significantly fewer calories than they would on a diet with cooked food, they are able to achieve short-term and long-term results if they stick with this diet.

#5) Volumetrics Diet: was classified as the diet that will most likely help people succeed long-term since following a strict eating plan isn’t necessary. The premise behind this diet is that people usually consume the same amount of food per day regardless of how many calories they contain. On this diet people can consume a high volume of low density foods that have very few calories such as non-starchy fruits and vegetables. If you mostly eat higher density foods such meat, pizza, cake, and chocolate candy, then you must have smaller portions throughout the day. An important element of the diet is to stop eating as soon as you feel full.

How to lose weight fast with a physician-guided program

The best diet to lose weight varies for each person. The Center for Medical Weight Loss is a physician-guided program that customizes a diet plan best suited for the client’s individual needs. The Center for Medical Weight Loss is comprised of the largest network of non-surgical weight loss specialists in the country. The physicians understand that a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss isn’t very effective, so they pick and choose aspects of different diets that are most beneficial for each client. The diet plans are combined with a workout regimen and personalized counseling sessions to help clients lose weight quickly and sustain long-term results.

The U.S. News panelists recognized the importance of participating in a diet program that not only helps people lose weight quickly, but also serves as an impetus for a positive lifestyle change. When patients lose 5% of their body weight, it can significantly reduce their chances of developing obesity-related chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. According to Dr. Michael Kaplan, the founder of The Center for Medical Weight Loss, losing 5% – 10% of body weight will drastically reduce blood sugar levels and prevent the onset of diabetes or other medical conditions. In some instances, clients at the Center no longer need medication.

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