Each year, the US News magazine brings together experts to evaluate the most well-known and recognized diets, both for better health and weight loss. The list of winners for 2020.
Each year for the past 10 years, US News magazine has brought together health and nutrition experts to discuss the most popular and well-documented diets. Dukan diet, Mediterranean, WW (the new name of Weight Watchers), ketogenic… In total, the magazine has projected 35 diets this year, with rankings based on different criteria.
And for the third consecutive year, the best diet was the Mediterranean diet, which consists of vegetables, olive oil, omega-3 and fish.
“The characteristics of the ‘best’ diet are balance, maintainability, eating pleasure, conviviality, sustainability and safety,” David Katz, a Yale University researcher who was one of 25 members of the American News Jury, told CNN.
In this sense, it is not surprising that the Mediterranean diet has established itself as relatively easy, maintains certain conviviality, and can be followed for months, years or even a lifetime without risk of deficiencies. It has been shown to have real health benefits by reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular risk or even risk of cancer.
Next come DASH (“Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”), The Flexitarian Diet, WW (Weight Watchers), the Mayo Clinic Diet and MIND (for “Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”, a mix between the Mediterranean diet and DASH, for good brain health).
“We’re interested in diets that have proven their worth – not the fashionable diets that are out there today,” said Angela Haupt, health editor of US News & World Report. “Diets that work well are safe, reasonable and supported by healthy science,” she added.
Note that the Weight Watchers diet ranks at the top of the competition when it comes to weight loss diets. The ketogenic (fat versus carbohydrate) diet and the protein-rich Dukan diet were at the bottom because they were considered unhealthy due to the diet’s low carbohydrate content and were too restrictive. The ketogenic diet, on the other hand, was ranked third in the category of diets for rapid weight loss which experts, however, regard as of little use because it is of short duration, with a risk of regaining it all.
“Spending your life worrying about your weight and starting and stopping diets is no way to live” said David Katz. “Adults generally don’t expect to get rich quickly, they understand the need to work long hours,” he continued. “But everyone thinks there’s a magic formula that we haven’t tried to lose weight in a hurry. The consensus of the judges of US news is a resounding rejection of this idiotic idea,” he concluded.