Best weight-loss diets
Weight Watchers topped the list of best weight-loss and best commercial diet plans, and it tied with HMR for best fast weight-loss diet. HMR, the Health Management Resources program, involves purchasing meal replacements, such as shakes, nutrition bars and multigrain cereals, and adding vegetables and fruits to round out the meals.
Since 2015, Weight Watchers has been focused on its Beyond the Scale program. It is designed to help people move more and focus on overall wellbeing, including more “me” time, which includes mindfulness and self-compassion.
The US News and World Report expert panel — made up of 25 experts from major medical centres across the country — gave Weight Watchers top points for being healthy, also stressing the importance of support for dieters.
Pointing to a 2006 British Medical Journal study, the panel said that “programs like Weight Watchers that offer emotional support and group meetings lead to higher compliance than a do-it-yourself dieting.”
Drayer agreed: “I’ve always been a fan of Weight Watchers because it teaches you how to incorporate all types of foods into your diet, and it also offers a support component, which can be extremely beneficial.”
But whatever diet you choose, she recommends choosing the one that fits your lifestyle and that you can stick to over the long term.
“I always recommend meeting with a registered dietitian, who can take into account your health history, lifestyle habits, likes and dislikes, and develop an eating plan that is specific to your needs,” she added. “I also recommend checking with your doctor first before starting any new diet plan.”