Diet and Nutrition

Popular Diets That Don't Work

The DASH and Mediterranean diets come out on top

In contrast to the worst diets, the diets that ranked the best tended to have a more long-term focus and be more sustainable. That shouldn't come as a surprise!

The DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet were tied for the top spot on the list. The DASH diet is designed to reduce blood pressure by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and reducing sodium intake. Similarly, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and good fats from sources like olive oil and fish. The Mediterranean diet also comes with a recommended glass of red wine, which could be a big draw for some users. In both cases, the diets are focused more on overarching health choices such as avoiding sodium and refined sugars and carbohydrates in favor of sources of nutrients that are good for you such as vegetables, fish, and nuts and seeds. Both diets also don’t make any exaggerated promises. While you’ll lose weight and ultimately enjoy a healthier lifestyle on both diets, eating nuts and seeds isn’t going to magically give you a 6-pack in three weeks.

The best diets are all about lifestyle changes that will foster healthy habits. The stricter the diet, the likelier you are to gain even more weight after it's over.