U.S. News & World Report Announces Best Diets 2013

              U.S. News & World Report Announces Best Diets 2013

Expanded Rankings Include Plant-Based Diets

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For a meaningful start to a healthy
new year, U.S. News & World Report released today its Best Diets 2013
rankings, featuring a variety of weight loss programs. The third installment
of this popular ranking features expanded coverage, including new plant-based
diets rankings.

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Best Diets 2013 provides a look at 29 diets, ranging from the Traditional
Asian Diet to Weight Watchers. Diets were ranked based on ratings from an
independent panel of 20 experts. The experts rated each diet in categories
such as ease of compliance, diabetes control and management, heart health,
weight loss, safety, and nutritional completeness.

"Many Americans struggle with maintaining a healthy diet, and especially
around the first of the year tend to become interested in trying a new one,"
said Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer of U.S. News. "Diets are
serious business, so we've assembled the experts to provide the best and most
current information for consumers."

Increasingly popular in health and wellness circles, plant-based diets have
gained attention as a potential antidote to the obesity epidemic in this
country. In addition to weight loss, research suggests these diets help
protect against diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions. U.S.
News evaluated 11 plant-based diets, including the Anti-Inflammatory Diet,
Engine 2 Diet, and Flexitarian Diet.

Among other things, an in-depth profile for each diet explains how the diet
works, evaluates its claims, and reveals what it's like to live on the diet.
The full methodology is available here, and for more information, please visit
www.usnews.com/bestdiets2013, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Best Diets 2013 features rankings in the following eight categories:

Best Plant-Based Diets

The Mediterranean Diet took first place in the survey's newest category. It
was followed closely by Dawn Jackson Blatner's Flexitarian Diet, a flexible
approach to vegetarianism, and then Dean Ornish's Diet, a low-fat,
heart-healthy eating regimen bolstered by exercise, social support and stress
management techniques.

Best Weight-Loss Diets

Weight Watchers ranked first place in weight loss. Tied for second place were
Jenny Craig, the Biggest Loser Diet, and the raw food diet.

Best Heart-Healthy Diets

The Ornish Diet ranked No. 1 for heart health. The TLC Diet, a
government-designed eating plan that stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes,
took second place. Another government-developed diet, DASH (Dietary Approaches
to Stop Hypertension), came in third.

Best Diabetes Diets

The DASH Diet tied with the Biggest Loser Diet for the top diet for preventing
or managing diabetes. Close behind it was a five-way tie among the Mayo Clinic
Diet, the Ornish Diet, the vegan diet, Engine 2 Diet, and Flexitarian Diet.

Best Diets Overall

The DASH Diet ranked No. 1 overall. The TLC Diet came in at a close second,
while the Mediterranean Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet, and Weight Watchers tied for
third place.

Best Commercial Diet Plans

Some dieters may seek the structure and social support provided by many
brand-name programs, so U.S. News also examined 12 commercial diet plans, from
Dukan to Slim-Fast. Weight Watchers ranked No. 1, followed by Jenny Craig at
No. 2, and the Biggest Loser Diet in third place.

Best Diets for Healthy Eating

Considered the gold standard by our panelists, the DASH diet claimed first
place for healthfulness. Scoring second place was the TLC Diet, with the
Mediterranean Diet placing third.

Easiest Diets to Follow

With its extensive guidance and support, Weight Watchers ranked No. 1 among
the easiest diets to follow. Jenny Craig followed close behind in second
place. A tie for third went to the Mediterranean Diet and Flexitarian Diet.

The Best Diets 2013 expert panel includes the following diet and nutrition
experts:

  oTeresa Fung, Professor of Nutrition, Simmons College, Boston
  oElisabetta Politi, Nutrition Director, Duke Diet and Fitness Center,
    Durham, N.C.
  oMichael Davidson, Director of Preventive Cardiology, The University of
    Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  oAmy Campbell, Manager of Clinical Education Programs, Joslin Diabetes
    Center, Boston
  oRobert Kushner, Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg
    School of Medicine, Chicago
  oSachiko St. Jeor, Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine, University of
    Nevada School of Medicine, Reno
  oMarion Franz, Registered dietitian, Nutrition Concepts by Franz, Inc.,
    Minneapolis
  oDavid Katz, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center, Derby,
    Conn.
  oJoAnn Manson, Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and
    Women's Hospital, Boston
  oJoanne Slavin, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition,
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  oYasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology &
    Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  oLaurence Sperling, Director of The Center for Heart Disease Prevention,
    Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta
  oAndrea Giancoli, Spokesperson, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  oLawrence Cheskin, Founder and director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management
    Center, Baltimore
  oKatherine Beals, Associate professor, division of nutrition, University of
    Utah, Salt Lake City
  oMichael Rosenbaum, Associate director of the Clinical Research Resource at
    Columbia University Medical Center, New York
  oRebecca Reeves, Adjunct assistant professor, University of Texas School of
    Public Health, Austin
  oCarole Harris, Senior fellow in the public health division, ICF
    International, Atlanta
  oPenny Kris-Etherton,Distinguished professor of nutrition, Pennsylvania
    State University, University Park, Pa.

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