Nutrition Experts Got Together And Ranked The Best Diets Of 2017 — Here Are The Top 12

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If you're trying to prioritize dieting in 2017, keep in mind that not all diets are created equal.

Often, the ones that garner the most attention aren't even among the best.

For its annual list, US News & World Report ranked 38 eating plans, considering different criteria including how easy the diet is to follow, its effects on weight loss (both short and long term), how nutritional and safe the diet is, and how well it helps prevent diabetes and heart disease.

The ranking drew on the expertise of a panel of dietitians and nutritionists, but didn't account for any costs associated with the diet plans or how exercise fit into the programs.

Here's which diets ranked above the rest to make the top 10.

But first, the worst-performing diets.



In the 38 plans the US News & World Report looked at, a few numbers weren't up to snuff.

The Whole30 diet, in particular, was the lowest-ranked diet for the second year in a row. The Dukan and paleo diets were also toward the bottom of the list, which US News attributed to the diets being too restrictive. The diets didn't have the same long-term staying power as others that ranked higher.

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No. 10 (TIE): Vegetarian diet

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Vegetarian diets cleared the top 10 in the 2017 ranking, up from No. 13 in 2016. The diet is simple: no meat allowed. Ideally, the meat is replaced with more vegetables, which could help you feel fuller.

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No. 10 (TIE): Ornish diet


Developed by Dr. Dean Ornish, this diet looks at food on a "spectrum," with some things being healthier than others — essentially, the less processed the better. The diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and some fat if it contains omega-3 fatty acids.

The diet was also ranked one of the best for heart health.

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No. 10 (TIE): Jenny Craig diet

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Known for its celebrity spokespeople, including Kirstie Alley and Mariah Carey, the Jenny Craig diet uses weight-control counseling and prepared meals that can either be delivered or picked up at a Jenny Craig location.

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