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Consumer Reports Popular Diets Zoomer

Health2013-1-22By: Libby Znaimer

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.

  • Number two was the Paleo Diet. It’s the ”eat-like-a-caveman” approach which focuses on lean meats, fruit, fish, and non-starchy vegetables. Users avoid cereal grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods.
  • The Mediterranean Diet, came in third.  Its followers eat plant-based meals with olive oil and limit dairy, red meat, and refined carbohydrates.
  • An app called SparkPeople was fourth.
  • And the South Beach Diet, based on healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, completed the top five

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.

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