Jan 08, 2016 1:00 AM

Author: Libby Mitchell

Every year U.S. News and World Report ranks the top diets for those wanting lose weight in the coming 12 months. But how do they come to their conclusions? “We evaluated the diets based on their potential effectiveness for both short-term and long-term weight loss, giving a higher score to those that demonstrated evidence for long-term weight loss maintenance,” says Katherine Beals, an associate professor with University of Utah Health's Division of Nutrition, who was on the panel. 

Ease of use was also a consideration for the panel as the evaluated the diets. “If a diet isn’t easy to follow people won’t stick with it, and it won’t be effective for weight loss,” says Beals.

The panel also wanted to make sure that none of the diets they recommended would put people at risk. “Above all the diets have to promote a healthy life style. A diet that leads to rapid or severe weight loss can cause nutrient deficiencies and lead to health problems or complicate existing ones like diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” says Beals.

Take a look at the top five diets recommended. 

Libby Mitchell

Libby Mitchell is the Social Media Coordinator for University of Utah Health Care. Follow her on Twitter @LibbyMitchellUT.

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