Top 10 Diets Review

Every year seems to bring a dozen or two new diet plans. Some are a bit wild to be sure but others quickly become very popular. Why is that?

We are going to break down the top 10 diet plans of 2017 so you can choose the one that is right for you.

Rank Diet Rating  
1 Voted BEST DIET
The 2 Week Diet
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2 High Protein, Low Carb Full Rating View
3 Weight Watchers Full Rating View
4 5:2 Diet Full Rating View
5 DASH Diet Full Rating View
6 Biggest Loser Club Full Rating View
7 Jenny Craig Full Rating View
8 Mediterranean Diet Full Rating View
9 Meal Replacement Diets Full Rating View
10 Dukan Diet Full Rating View

Which Is Truly the Best Diet Plan For You?

Why so many diet plans? Because not every diet works for every person. If you hate fish, for example, the Mediterranean diet is not going to work for you as it includes a great deal of fish. If you are a vegetarian, then the high protein, low carb diet will be extremely difficult for you to follow.

Keep your own personal likes, dislikes, lifestyle, and health issues in mind when choosing a diet plan.

The best diet, by far, will be the diet you can stick to for life. Yes, you can choose a diet to lose some pounds quickly for that family reunion, but to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight; the best diet plan is the one you will stick to for life.

Top 10 Diets Analysis


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The 2 Week Diet

Ranked #1 - The 2 Week Diet
"For a diet to be successful, I truly believe that the diet must produce visible and significant results fast” – Brian Flatt, creator of The Two Week Diet

This diet plan is designed exactly for the kind of quick weight loss most people are looking for. The 2 Week Diet promises that you will lose 8 to 16 pounds of fat in just 14 days. Of course the diet can be started again for another two weeks for more weight loss.

This diet begins with a low carb plan, and then switches to a low calorie plan, as well as exercises designed for each of the 3 stages, which are supposed to work synergistically with one another

Short Term effectiveness

The author of this diet uses a science based approach so most people find that they do lose weight very quickly.

Most people go off their diets because they become bored or discouraged with results. A simple 2 week plan with weigh-ins helps to keep people motivated. Who wouldn’t be happy watching a pound drop off almost every single day!

Long Term effectiveness

The diet can be repeated over and over again, although weight loss should slow down after a few weeks or months.

Ease of use

Every step, including exercises for the week, is spelled out, so you can't make a mistake.

Cost

Other than the book, there is nothing special to buy, no special foods or containers, so there is very little extra cost to this plan.

Taste

Since you don't buy any special foods, you will find that you can eat many of the same things you already eat and love.

Satiety

Since this diet focuses on protein and fat, you should feel full and satisfied. Breaking free from a sugar addiction, however, might be difficult in the first few days.

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High Protein, Low Carb Diet

Ranked #2 - High Protein, Low Carb Diet

High protein, low carb diets are one of the most popular diet plans around for several reasons. They are easy to follow, they help you to build muscle, and, perhaps everyone’s favorite, they really offer feelings of satiety.

Low calorie diets also work, but when you think about munching on a celery stalk, it is crunchy, no doubt, but not exactly satisfying. Compare that feeling to biting into a thick, juicy steak. That is real satisfaction.

Easy to follow, easy to prepare, and tons of satiety is what keeps high protein, low carb diets in the Top 10!

Short Term effectiveness

High protein, low carb diets take a bit of time to get started, so some people become discouraged.

Long Term effectiveness

However, once the body adjusts, most people lose weight easily and keep it off.

Ease of use

These are very simple diets where one avoids carbohydrates and sugar. There is virtually no measuring or weighing, just avoidance of certain foods.

Cost

The emphasis on meat, fresh vegetables, fats and oils can be more expensive.

Taste

There are thousands of recipes online and almost everyone can find things they enjoy.

Satiety

High protein diets are super satisfying as protein is digested slowly, making you feel full for a longer period of time than carbs do.

Health

Since the diet limits fruit, people can become low on important vitamins, but generally, speaking, this is a healthy way to lose weight and keep it off.

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Weight Watchers (Beyond the Scale)

Ranked #3 - Weight Watchers Beyond The Scale

Everyone has heard of Weight Watchers, so what is new about their Beyond the Scale program?

This new program is basically about eating what you want, but making smarter choices so you pick the lowest calorie option of a particular food or drink. It emphasizes real living, smart choices, and, of course, group meetings to help guide and support you on your journey.

By following this new program, you can feel good about yourself, not be ashamed to attend those family functions or group meetings, and enjoy life like never before.

Short Term effectiveness

Most people find that they need to "get the hang" of using points and making smart food choices so they aren't hungry.

Long Term effectiveness

Those who stick with the program, however, often lose the weight they want to in a reasonable amount of time.

Ease of use

Like counting calories, Weight Watchers has you count points instead, which can be a bit tiresome, but isn't difficult.

Cost

Although healthy food choices always cost more, there is technically nothing special to buy, so you can eat the foods you always did, if you like, just less of them.

Taste

Since you make your own meals (unless you choose frozen meals) if they don't taste good, you simply need to find a different recipe.

Satiety

When clients use their points wisely, most people say that they always feel full and satisfied.

Health

Weight Watchers allows all you can eat vegetables, lots of fruit, and a balanced diet.

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The 5:2 Diet

Ranked #4 - The 5:2 Diet

The 5:2 diet plan is an easy to follow plan that involves intermittent fasting, or periods of not eating, to help you naturally cut calories and lose weight.

In a nutshell, the idea is that, 2 non consecutive days out of every week, you simply limit your calories to 500 calories (women) or 600 calories (men).

Many people find this type of intermittent fasting plan to be an easy way to cut calories.

Short Term effectiveness

This intermittent fasting plan is very effective at short term weight loss.

Long Term effectiveness

Most people find that this fasting plan can be difficult to keep up over the long term.

Ease of use

Eating a very small number of calories two days a week is easier for some persons than others.

Cost

What could be less expensive than not eating? 500 to 600 calories a day, two days each week, makes this diet plan one that saves you money, rather than costing you money.

Taste

During the 5 days when you don't fast, you can eat what you like. During the 2 fasting days, however, food choices are limited to stay under 500 calories.

Satiety

There is no denying that most people will feel hungry, especially when they first begin the diet. Most people, however, say that they quickly become accustomed to it.

Health

Since no foods are eliminated, this plan is a healthy way to lose weight for those who are in overall good health.

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The DASH Diet

Ranked #5 - The DASH Diet

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This eating plan was developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The DASH plan helps to naturally lower both cholesterol and blood pressure by emphasizing a diet in fresh fruits and vegetables, while cutting back on salt and fat. Emphasizing foods that contain potassium is another way to naturally reduce salt, and therefore, lower blood pressure naturally.

This is a sensible eating plan that most people find not only easy to follow, but has a dramatic effect on their health.

Short Term effectiveness

This diet plan is meant for the long haul, but it is effective at helping people lose weight, even if they only follow it short term.

Long Term effectiveness

The DASH diet is meant to be followed for life. It does a great job at allowing people to maintain their healthy weight once they reach it.

Ease of use

Many people find this diet easy to follow and there are thousands of recipes online.

Cost

Not as cost friendly as some plans as fresh fruits and vegetables are more expensive than cheap junk food.

Taste

Thousands of recipes and ideas make this diet plan one that you won't get bored with.

Satiety

There is no denying that produce will fill you up faster than junk food. The fiber and bulk of vegetables also means that you get to eat a great deal more than on other plans.

Health

This diet plan frequently ranks as the #1 choice among health care professionals.

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Biggest Loser Club

Ranked #6 - Biggest Loser Club

This eating and exercise program is based on the award winning television reality show “The Biggest Loser”, where participants see who can lose the most weight in the shortest amount of time.

This online "club" allows you to use the same system, but from the comfort of your own home. You will learn how meal planning and portion control, food and exercise app, along with workouts that feature the trainers on the show.

If you loved watching the Biggest Loser on television, here's your chance to see how much of a "loser" you are!

Short Term effectiveness

This plan is intense and, therefore, very effective in the short term for weight loss.

Long Term effectiveness

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep up over the long term. For those who want to lose weight quickly, this plan is fine, but for maintenance, this would not be the best choice.

Ease of use

Most people find this diet plan fairly easy to follow as the book spells out what and how much you can eat.

Cost

This plan can be a bit expensive as fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat is more expensive than junk food. You also need to buy at least one book.

Taste

There are, literally, thousands of low calorie recipes, which can help to keep your taste buds interested.

Satiety

This is a basic low calorie diet, so it can be difficult to control cravings, but once your body becomes accustomed to it, most people are fairly satisfied.

Health

Low calorie diets with exercise are a good way to lose weight for short duration of time.

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Jenny Craig

Ranked #7 - Jenny Craig

Jenny Craig is a diet system that most people are familiar with, even if it is only from their commercials. This eating program has been around for decades, but what exactly does it consist of?

In a nutshell, Jenny Craig associates will determine, from your age, activity level, and current weight, how many calories you should consume each day. You pick out pre-packaged meals that you assemble at home. Each day’s meals contain the perfect number of calories so there is no guessing and no overeating. If you didn’t pick it up at the Jenny Craig store, you can’t eat it.

Some find this plan super easy because there is no guess work!

Short Term effectiveness

Studies have found that, when people stick to the meals, they lose most of their weight over the first 12 months.

Long Term effectiveness

Although people do continue to lose weight after 12 months, it is much more slowly. Most people lose interest in the food after a few months.

Ease of use

Foods are easy to prepare and can even be delivered to your door. Since it mostly relies on prepackaged meals, it is quite easy to use.

Cost

This is not an inexpensive plan! There is an enrollment fee, then monthly fees, in addition to the price of the food itself.

Taste

Although the prepackaged food are convenient, there is no denying that premade food cannot equal fresh food in flavor.

Satiety

Like most low calorie diet plans, they can leave you feeling hungry. Jenny Craig has recently made changes to allow clients to eat as many vegetables as they like to avoid feeling hungry.

Health

Clients who follow the plan get proper amounts of carbs, protein, fiber, fat, and calcium, so this is a safe and healthy way to lose weight.

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Mediterranean Diet

Ranked #8 - The Mediterranean Diet

If you watch television talk shows, you have certainly heard many doctors talk about the perfection of the Mediterranean diet. What is this diet plan, exactly?

This eating plan is based on the diets of those living in the Greece, Italy, and Spain. It consists of a great many vegetables, olives, olive oil, fish, red wine, and whole grains. Olive oil is substituted for conventional fats (such as butter) in almost every meal, and vegetables are the main course, not meat.

This diet is recommended by doctors and dieticians as it not only lowers the risk of heart disease and cholesterol, but many people lose weight while eating healthy.

Short Term effectiveness

Studies have found that this diet works for weight loss when people follow portion control.

Long Term effectiveness

Numerous studies have found that people lose weight and keep it off when following this diet plan, even when it is followed for years.

Ease of use

This diet can be difficult for many people as there are no guidelines as to how many calories you can consume. The consumer will need to figure out calories and portions for themselves.

Cost

Since most of this diet relies on fish, olive oil, and fresh vegetables, it can be fairly pricey, when compared to junk foods.

Taste

There is no denying, however, that this diet tastes pretty darn good, especially if you love to cook with spices and love seafood.

Satiety

This diet features lots of whole grains and produce that is full of fiber, not to mention tasty olive oil based dishes. Most people find this diet very, very satisfying.

Health

Besides losing weight, this diet plan can help to prevent many diseases, especially heart disease.

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Meal Replacement Diets

Ranked #10 - Meal Replacement Diets

Everyone has tried one of these at one time or another. While these are a great way to jump start your weight loss routine, do they really work?

Everyone wants to get their diet off to a good start, so many people use meal replacements as a means of jump staring their diet. Whether you use shakes, protein bars, or puddings, many people find that, for a few days, they can really help to give you a boost in confidence when it comes to weight loss.

Keep in mind, however, that meal replacing shakes are meant to be used only for a short period of time and are not a healthy way to lose large amounts of weight.

Short Term effectiveness

By restricting calorie intake, meal replacements can be very effective, especially in the short term.

Long Term effectiveness

This is a poor way to maintain weight or weight loss, however, as most people quickly grow tired of a mostly liquid diet with limited flavors.

Ease of use

Super simple, meal replacements are easy to carry, with no worries about measuring or weighing food.

Cost

Shakes and energy bars can be as inexpensive as $1.25 each, which is certainly less expensive than a salad or burger.

Taste

The taste of bars, especially, leaves a great deal to be desired. Even the popular shakes generally come in only 3 flavors, so it is easy to become bored.

Satiety

Since these products are designed to keep you full, they are generally packed with fiber, to stop you from feeling hungry.

Health

A restricted calorie diet is a great way to lose weight in short period of time, but it shouldn't be relied upon for maintenance.

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Dukan Diet

Ranked #8 - The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet plan is a fairly new approach to losing weight quickly and keeping it off. How does this plan differ from others?

Basically, the plan has 4 stages.

Stage one is the first 10 days, which includes a high protein diet and oat bran.

Stage two is called the “Cruise” phase and it can last for months. At this time, you eat tons of veggies and more oat bran.

Stage three is called “Consolidation”. It lasts for 5 days for every pound lost and is also a high protein, low carb approach.

The final stage is an ongoing stage where you follow the Stage one rules one day each week.

This plan is regimented, but many people say that it works like no other diet plan.

Short Term effectiveness

Like many low carb diets, people lose weight very quickly over the short term, especially during phase 1 as calories are restricted.

Long Term effectiveness

Although you can eat all you want of some foods, many people quickly become bored with the limited selection. The diet is strict. Not suggested to be adopted for long term

Ease of use

The Dukan diet has a great many rules and long list of foods you can't eat. When switching from phase to phase, it can be easy to forget which foods you can't eat.

Cost

This can be a rather costly diet plan as it relies heavily on meats and fresh produce, which is far more expensive than carbs, such as bread.

Taste

Most people find that the foods allowed taste good, but the limited selection is the problem.

Satiety

The diet allows you to eat all you want (of certain foods) so no one will ever go hungry on this diet. Bored, yes, hungry, no.

Health

Staying on a high protein diet for the long haul often causes problems such as nutritional deficiencies and health problems.

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