Best Diets Overall: The Data

A panel of experts rated each diet on a scale of 1 to 5 on seven measures: short- and long-term weight loss, ease of following, nutrition, safety and performance as a diabetes and heart diet. U.S. News factored in each diet's score on all seven measures to compute its overall score. (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
#9 3.6 4.1 2.9 2.9 3.8 4.1 3.6 3.5
#29 2.3 4.0 2.5 2.3 1.8 2.2 2.5 2.1
#3
Gold Medal
3.9 4.0 3.5 3.7 4.1 4.6 3.1 3.4
#22 2.9 3.8 2.5 2.1 2.8 3.3 2.5 3.3
#8 3.7 3.8 3.2 3.6 4.0 4.4 3.0 3.2
#29 2.3 3.7 3.3 1.1 2.1 2.1 2.6 2.8
#18 3.0 3.7 2.3 2.8 3.2 3.4 2.5 2.9
#13 3.3 3.6 2.9 2.3 3.6 4.0 3.1 3.1
#6
Gold Medal
3.8 3.6 3.2 3.2 4.2 4.6 3.4 3.5
#25 2.7 3.5 2.0 2.4 3.1 3.0 2.6 2.7
#18 3.0 3.4 2.9 1.6 2.7 3.3 3.5 3.9
#6
Gold Medal
3.8 3.4 3.3 3.3 4.0 4.4 3.5 3.8
#13 3.3 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.4 3.6 3.2 2.8
#18 3.0 3.4 3.3 1.7 2.8 3.0 3.5 3.9
#28 2.5 3.3 2.4 2.5 2.2 2.6 2.5 2.6
#3
Gold Medal
3.9 3.3 2.9 3.1 4.3 4.7 3.5 3.6
#1
Gold Medal
4.1 3.2 3.0 3.1 4.7 4.9 3.6 4.3
#16 3.2 3.2 2.3 3.1 3.7 4.0 2.7 2.4
#2
Gold Medal
4.0 3.2 2.8 3.0 4.6 4.8 3.2 4.5
#18 3.0 3.1 2.1 2.6 3.4 3.5 2.7 2.7
#16 3.2 3.1 2.3 2.7 3.5 4.0 2.8 3.2
#25 2.7 3.1 2.5 1.7 2.5 3.0 3.1 3.2
#9 3.6 3.1 2.8 1.9 3.8 4.2 3.5 4.6
#31 2.0 3.0 2.0 1.5 1.9 2.3 2.0 1.7
#3
Gold Medal
3.9 3.0 2.9 3.3 4.4 4.8 3.4 4.0
#22 2.9 3.0 2.3 2.2 3.2 3.7 2.3 2.8
#11 3.5 2.9 2.7 2.8 3.9 4.2 3.2 3.3
#11 3.5 2.9 2.9 2.7 3.7 4.2 3.4 3.6
#22 2.9 2.8 2.2 2.1 3.1 3.8 2.7 2.3
#27 2.6 2.6 2.0 2.0 2.9 3.1 2.2 2.5
#13 3.3 2.6 2.6 2.7 3.4 3.9 3.4 3.6
#31 2.0 2.1 1.7 1.7 2.0 2.3 2.1 2.0