New ranking reveals the best expert-recommended diets of 2021

If you haven’t yet started your new diet plan, a new ranking may give you some insight as to which one may be worth trying.

U.S. News & World Report annually reviews the best diet plans that will help you shed the extra pounds and improve your general health. The publication not only ranked the best diets overall but listed categories including the best ones for plant-based diets, easy-to-follow diets and diabetes diets.

“U.S. News evaluated and ranked 39 diets with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be safe, relatively easy to follow, nutritious and effective for weight loss. It also had to be stellar at preventing diabetes and heart disease. See which diets came out on top,” the publication said.

U.S. News’ profiles were reviewed by a panel of nationally recognized experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease. They added their own fact-finding and rated each diet in seven categories, including those mentioned above.

The publication also requested that panelists inform them of aspects of each diet they especially liked or disliked and to offer advice that someone thinking of beginning a certain diet should know.

Then, the experts’ ratings were converted to scores and stars ranging from 5, which was the highest to 1, which was the lowest. Then the publication used the scores to create nine sets of Best Diets rankings including Best Weight-Loss Diets, Best Commercial Diets and Best Heart-Healthy Diets.

For the fourth year in a row, the Mediterranean Diet took the top spot on the Best Diets Overall.

It scored 4.2 out of 5 for its ability to help people achieve short-term and long-term weight loss, its easiness to follow and its healthiness. In fact, the nutritionally sound diet that’s full of diverse foods and flavors also came in at No. 1 on the Best Plant-Based Diets and Easiest Diets to Follow. It also tied for first place in Best Heart-Healthy Diets, Best Diabetes Diets, Best Diets for Healthy Eating.

Rounding out the top five of the Best Overall Diest are the No. 2 tying DASH Diet and the Flexitarian Diet, WW (Weight Watchers) Diet and Mayo Clinic Diet. The latter tied for fifth place with the MIND Diet, TLC Diet and Volumetrics Diet.