The sixteen best diets for weight reduction in 2024 were determined by a panel of forty-plus nutrition and health specialists from US News & World Report. The team performed a thorough investigation to find out which diets are likely to provide the healthiest amount of weight loss—and which ones people can stick to. According to the study’s authors, who collaborated with the Harris Poll, an analytics and research firm, these diets help people lose weight healthily (between one and two pounds per week) and keep it off for good.
At the very top of the list was Weight Watchers, the long-running favored diet in the United States that does not need calorie tracking. Alternatively, points are awarded to foods according to their nutritional content, including fiber, added sugars, protein, and fat. Dieters have a certain number of points to spend every day and week. Weight Watchers users dropped an average of 9.8 pounds after 12 weeks, more than any other diet group, according to a BMJ study of 740 obese or overweight people. Furthermore, compared to those without weight reduction instruction or counseling, Weight Watchers participants lost 2.6% more weight after 12 months.
The Mediterranean diet, previously named the finest diet in the world by US News & World Report, came in at number two. The diet emphasizes foods common in Mediterranean nations, such as Greece and Italy: nuts, lentils, whole grains, healthy fats (olive oil, in particular), and lean proteins (fish). Extensive studies have identified it as the optimal and most balanced diet for health and longevity, reducing the risk of several diseases and conditions, including dementia and heart disease. Following a Mediterranean diet reduced waistlines and weight growth, according to a 2018 research involving over 32,000 participants.
Third place went to the Volumetrics diet, a low-calorie eating plan prioritizing plant-based meals, healthy grains, low-fat dairy, and fruits and vegetables.
The South Beach diet, which emphasizes healthy fats like olive oil and eliminating processed carbohydrates, was ranked last. The South Beach diet has not been shown to result in sustainable weight reduction in studies.