When I began researching the top commercial diets, I learned that the recent benchmark was actually determined by an independent panel of 22 health experts at U.S. News and World Report; experts in the fields of heart disease, diet, and exercise.
For this report, among other qualities, health experts ranked 15 commercial diet plans on the basis of (1) soundness of nutrition and safety, the ability to deliver weight loss, and (3) how easy (or difficult) the plan is to follow.
In order, the 10 Top Commercial Diets are ranked as followed (some were tied):
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This program encourages a healthy diet full of vegetables and fruit; portion control (my personal favorite), and online and face-to-face support through meetings. Participants may now buy their food wherever they like – at one time prepackaged Weight Watchers food was required.
This program gained especially good rating for its rapid weight loss ability and for being easy to follow. On the flip side, critics of the Jenny Craig program cite the high cost of food, too much packaged food, and difficulty eating-out as negatives.
Biggest Loser Diet
This plan was rated favorably on the basis of its short term, safe weight loss that is nutritionally sound.
Experts at Medical Daily claim that commercial diet plans are a $40 billion-a-year industry. Commercial plans appeal to many folks who prefer a structured eating plan. Some prefer a buddy-system, such as Weight Watchers. See what else the experts at Medical Daily had to say about commercial diet plans.
Curiously enough, a study
published in the Annals of
Internal Medicine showed that even the Top Commercial Diets including Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig –
successful as they are - offer only minute advantages over their competition. These advantages may include personal counseling/coaching (online or face-to-face), online journaling, calorie counters, and other online tools. This journal article explains the rigors of the study, such as how the study was conducted and it's results. You can read more at http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2214178.
Fox News featured an article reporting on the the top commercial diets, using the rankings provided by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, they offered a ‘take home’ message to dieters who may be susceptible to celebrity endorsements. The message is this: Celebrities are not weight loss experts, even though they can successfully lose weight and be a role model for others – like Jennifer Hudson is for Weight Watchers.
And, you might be interested to know that because of their lack of scientific evidence and long term weight maintenance properties, the Glycemic Index Diet and the Paleo Diet plans ranked at the bottom of this list. You can read more at Fox News.
Speaking on the topic of Top Commercial Diets; "they all work...when you stick to them." This is the resounding theme of weight loss experts, including the researchers at Nutrition Journal, who published results of an investigation into weight loss solutions, physical exercise, and dieting.
So, if you're considering shelling out your hard-earned money to achieve your weight loss goal - choose a plan - and stick with it!
Further, be sensible. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We've all seen commercial plans that promise extraordinary results - lose 30 pounds in 30 days, etc. Beware! Use your best judgment and don't get caught up in the marketing hype. You're looking for sustainable results; not a short term fix that may end up causing you to gain all the weight back - plus more!
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