Best Commercial Diet Plans: The Data

Each commercial diet on this data page was graded by a panel of experts on a scale of 1 to 5 in seven measures: short- and long-term weight loss, how easy it is to stick to, nutrition, safety and soundness as a diet for diabetes and for the heart. To compute a diet's overall score, U.S. News factored in each diet's score in all seven measures. (See Best Diets methodology.) To rearrange the rankings based on a certain measure, click that header below.

Rank Diet Overall Short-Term Weight Loss Long-Term Weight Loss Easy to Follow Nutrition Safety For Diabetes For Heart Health
#1
Gold Medal
3.9 4.0 3.5 3.7 4.1 4.6 3.1 3.4
#2
Gold Medal
3.7 3.8 3.2 3.6 4.0 4.4 3.0 3.2
#3 3.6 4.1 2.9 2.9 3.8 4.1 3.6 3.5
#6 3.2 3.1 2.3 2.7 3.5 4.0 2.8 3.2
#6 3.2 3.2 2.3 3.1 3.7 4.0 2.7 2.4
#4 3.3 3.6 2.9 2.3 3.6 4.0 3.1 3.1
#10 2.9 3.0 2.3 2.2 3.2 3.7 2.3 2.8
#4 3.3 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.4 3.6 3.2 2.8
#8 3.0 3.1 2.1 2.6 3.4 3.5 2.7 2.7
#8 3.0 3.7 2.3 2.8 3.2 3.4 2.5 2.9
#11 2.7 3.5 2.0 2.4 3.1 3.0 2.6 2.7
#13 2.0 3.0 2.0 1.5 1.9 2.3 2.0 1.7
#12 2.3 4.0 2.5 2.3 1.8 2.2 2.5 2.1