Every year for 10 years now, the magazine US News equips health and nutrition experts to sift through the most famous and well-documented diets. Dukan diet, Mediterranean, WW (the new name of Weight Watchers), ketogenic… In all, the magazine this year sifted through 35 diets and assigned rankings according to several criteria.
And for for the third year in a row, the award for best diet goes to mediterranean diet, which consists of giving pride of place to vegetables, olive oil, omega-3s and fish.
“The hallmarks of the ‘best’ diet are balance, maintainability, eating pleasure, usability, durability as well as wholesomeness,” Yale University researcher David Katz told CNN. ‘one of 25 US News panelists.
In this sense, it is not surprising to see the Mediterranean diet culminate in the first place, because it is relatively non-restrictive, allows to maintain a certain conviviality (red wine is even accepted sporadically during festive meals), and can be followed for months, years or even life without the risk of deficiency. He showed of real health benefits, via a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular risk, or even cancer risk.
In the rest of the podium, we find the DASH diets (“Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”, Diet against hypertension), flexitarian, WW (Weight Watchers) and MIND (for “Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”, A mix between Mediterranean and DASH diets, for good brain health). “We’re interested in diets that have proven their worth – not the fad diets that are here today, and will be gone tomorrow.”Commented Angela Haupt, editorial director of health at US News & World Report. “Diets that work well are safe, reasonable, and backed by solid science”, She added.
Note that the Weight Watchers type diet tops the rankings for weight loss diets. The ketogenic diet (favoring lipids over carbohydrates) and the high-protein Dukan diet were placed last in the ranking because they are considered dangerous for health due to the low proportion of food devoted to carbohydrates, and too restrictive. The ketogenic diet, on the other hand, was ranked third in the category of diets to lose weight quickly, a slimming goal that experts however consider little useful because short-term, with a risk of regaining weight and yoyo effect on the scale.
“Spending your life obsessing over your weight and following and quitting diets is no way to live well.”, Underlined David Katz. “Adults don’t usually expect to get rich quick, they understand the need to work for a long time”, Continued the researcher. “But everyone thinks there is a magic formula that you haven’t tried yet to lose weight fast. US News Judges Consensus is a resounding rejection of this silly idea”, He concluded.