The Overall Winners?
In First Place we have the DASH Diet (an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). It was originally designed for people with high blood pressure, but the diet has many other benefits as well. It emphasizes whole grains, plant based fats, overall low fat intake, lots of fruits and vegetables and a reduction in
salt intake. It can take a bit to master but it's very well balanced and dietitian approved.
In Second we have TLC (Stands For Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) Diet. Similar to the Ornish Diet if you have ever seen that one. It's also a low fat diet, probably more strict than the DASH diet and a greater focus on cutting out dietary cholesterol as well. This diet is very do-it-yourself unlike some Corporate Diets which provide constant help and guidance.
In Third was the Mayo Clinic Diet. This one requires purchasing their book and focuses more on exchanging bad habits for good ones with their lists of ideas. Less focus on nutrient and calorie counting and more on developing healthy long term habits.
The Mediterranean diet was also tied for 3rd which is what the Canada's Food Guide is based on. A classic Mediterranean diet emphasizes lots of fruits and vegetables, beans and fish. Weight Watches also tied for 3rd.
I wasn't surprised at all to see the low carb and high protein diets like Palaeo, Atkins and Dukan all at the bottom. They are terribly restrictive and generally don't provide the health prevention benefits of the top three ranked diets.
So perhaps this will give you a little more guidance if you are looking to try a new diet. My overall recommendation would be to seek out advice from a registered professional like your doctor or dietitian. A certain diet may be good for one person, but it may not be for you. Everyone is different; otherwise we wouldn't do individual
If you'd like to read more about the diets and where they ranked, click this link: http://health.usnews.com/best-diet