For those of you who are considering starting the new year with a diet, Consumer Reports asked more than 9000 readers to rate nine popular diets on a 100-point satisfaction scale. Top marks went to a free website and smartphone app called MyFitnessPal, which includes a food and exercise diary.
According to the magazine, dieters were most satisfied with plans they could stick with and follow easily as opposed to those which led to the highest weight loss. The research suggests those who track their intake do better.
Overall, men lost more than women, with a median loss of 18 pounds, compared 15 for women.
Experts say the bottom line is that no one diet is for everyone, and finding an eating pattern that meets your lifestyle is key to long-term success.