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Best Diets in 2023: Mediterranean Diet Wins Again | Medscape

Mediterranean Diet food platter

Once again, the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and fish, got the top spot, as best diet overall. It’s the sixth consecutive year for that win. But many other diets got top marks as well.

This year, U.S. News, with the help of more than 30 nutritionists, doctors, and epidemiologists, ranked 24 diets in several categories to help people find a plan that meets their goals, whether it’s finding the best weight loss diet, easiest one to follow, or plans for other goals, such as managing diabetes or heart disease. Two new categories were added: Best Diets for Bone & Joint Health and Best Family-Friendly Diets.

In previous years, the publication ranked 40 diets. Even if a diet is no longer ranked, its profile with detailed information remains on the site.

The best diet overall is also the best for various conditions. For instance, the Mediterranean, the number one overall, also got high ranking for diabetes, heart health, and bone and joint health.

“If you see fast weight loss, that should be a red flag”

“A healthy diet for weight loss is one you can sustain”


This year’s report ranks plans in 11 categories.


Best Diets Overall

After the Mediterranean diet, two others tied for second place:

  • DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which fights high blood pressure and emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.
  • Flexitarian diet, which focuses on fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods but also allows occasional meat.


Best Weight Loss Diets

WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, got first place. The plan emphasizes not only weight loss but healthier eating and regular activity. The Points program, which assigns specific points to foods, with a daily Points budget, is more personalized than in the past.

  • DASH got second place.
  • Mayo Clinic Diet and TLC diet tied for third place. The Mayo Clinic Diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps people improve their eating habits. The TLC diet (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) focuses on vegetables, fruit, lean protein, and reducing cholesterol levels.


Best Fast Weight Loss Diets

The keto diet got first place. It’s a high-fat, low-carb diet that aims to achieve weight loss through fat burning. Four others tied for second place:

  • Atkins, a diet created by the cardiologist Robert Atkins, which begins with very few carbs and then recommends progressively eating more until the weight loss goal is achieved
  • Nutrisystem, a commercial program that includes prepackaged meals and focuses on high-protein, lower-glycemic foods to stabilize blood sugar levels
  • Optavia, a plan focused on low-carb, low-calorie foods and including fortified meal replacements
  • SlimFast Diet, a plan of shakes, smoothies, and meal bars to replace two of three meals a day


Best Diets for Healthy Eating

  • Mediterranean
  • DASH
  • Flexitarian


Best Heart-Healthy Diets

  • DASH
  • Mediterranean
  • Flexitarian and Ornish tied for third. The Ornish Diet focuses on plant-based and whole foods and limiting animal products. It recommends daily exercise and stress reduction.


Best Diets for Diabetes

  • DASH
  • Mediterranean
  • Flexitarian


Best Diets for Bone and Joint Health

  • DASH and Mediterranean are in a first-place tie, followed by the flexitarian diet.


Best Family-Friendly Diets

  • This category has a three-way tie: the flexitarian, Mediterranean, and TLC diets.


Best Plant-Based Diets

  • Mediterranean was first, then flexitarian and the MIND diet. The MIND diet combines the DASH and Mediterranean diets and focuses on “brain-healthy” foods.


Easiest Diets to Follow

  • Flexitarian and TLC tied for first, followed by a tie between DASH and Mediterranean.


Best Diet Programs (formerly called commercial plans)

  • WW Weight Watchers
  • There was a tie for second place between Jenny Craig and Noom, the latter of which focuses on low-calorie foods, with personalized calorie ranges and coaching to help meet goals.



A variety of factors were considered, such as whether a diet includes all food groups, how easy it is to follow, whether it can be customized to meet cultural and personal preferences, and if it has a realistic timeline for weight loss.


  • U.S. News & World Report: “2023 Best Diet Rankings.”
  • Gretel Schueller, managing editor, health, U.S. News & World Report.
  • Samantha Cassetty, registered dietitian, New York City.
  • Mandy Dowson, CEO, Jenny Craig.
  • Colette Heimowitz, vice president, nutrition and education, Simply Good Foods.


By Kathleen Doheny

Source article: Medscape


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