Going on a diet involves careful planning and plenty of research upfront. After all, you don’t want to find any diet—you want the right diet. And, if weight loss is your goal, you want to go on the best diet to lose weight that also fits within your lifestyle.
Eating a nutrient-rich diet can make us feel better and more energized, and it lets us know we are taking steps towards a healthier life,” says dietitian Amanda Beaver, R.D.N, of Houston Methodist Wellness Services.
This diet consistently comes out on top, and there are a few reasons for that, says Jessica Cording, R.D., author of The Little Book of Game-Changers. “It’s high in fiber, which is great for improving digestion,” she says. “It’s also good for heart health and cancer risk reduction.” The Mediterranean diet is rich in healthy fats and “tends to be low in unsaturated fat,” encouraging you to fill up good, nutrient-dense foods and taking a pass on unhealthy options, Cording points out.
The low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension(DASH) Diet was designed as a way to help people control their blood pressure without using drugs, though a few books have used it as a basis for a weight-loss diet. DASH emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or nonfat dairy and limits saturated fat and dietary cholesterol.
WW (formerly Weight Watchers)
Weight Watchers has been around so long, your Grandma probably tried it when she was trying to take off the baby weight. With the newest version, you’re assigned a Points budget based on your food and activity preferences ( (foods are given points based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein)—you can eat whatever you want within that range. You also have ZeroPoint foods (most fruits and veggies and lean proteins such as fish, tofu, beans, eggs, and chicken breast fall into this category)
Going a step further than the traditional vegetarian diet, vegans shun all animal products, including dairy, eggs, and honey. While many choose this lifestyle for ethical or environmental reasons, some people look to the vegan diet for weight loss as well. And with the new era of plant-based meats, going vegan is easier than ever.