With those New Year鈥檚 resolutions in full swing, a million different diets seem to be swarming the Internet. With so many options to choose from, it can end up becoming just as difficult to pick a diet as it is to stick to one. Lucky for you,聽U.S. News & World Reporthas ranked 35 of the most popular diets in order from best to worst 鈥 and you might be surprised with what they鈥檝e concluded.


The evaluations of the diets were conducted by a panel of doctors, nutritionists and other health experts. For each diet, the experts evaluated short-term and long-term weight loss, health risks, ease of adherence and how the advice stacked up against current dietary guidelines.


Surprisingly, despite the buzz surrounding paleo and raw food diets, both of these聽came in towards the very bottom of the list (#35 and #33, respectively). Why? According to the survey, a true paleo diet is too difficult to follow in modern times (although we think聽Stephanie Gaudreau聽would disagree). Avoiding dairy, grains and other fundamentals聽of the modern diet may lead paleo followers miss out on key nutrients. An expert chimed in to add 鈥渋f you鈥檙e not careful about making lean meat choices, you鈥檒l quickly ratchet up your risk for heart problems.鈥

As far as the reasoning behind the low ranking of the raw food diet, the experts concluded that, although it鈥檚 effective for weight loss, it鈥檚 鈥渋mpossible to follow and its nutritional completeness and safety were concerns.鈥澛燭hey address that聽some choose to eat raw or undercooked meat, fish, milk or eggs in order to stick to the diet, which can be聽unsafe. And because the diet is so restrictive, they also point out that it鈥檚 not appropriate for children, since some restrictive diets have been linked to growth problems.


So what diets came out on top? The number one and two聽diets deemed the best for 2015 are some you may have never heard of before: the DASH and TLC diet. For the fifth year in a row, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) ranked number one overall. This diet relies heavy on fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts. This is said to work not just for weight control but also to lower high blood pressure.

Ranking聽second is the TLC diet (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes). This diet aims to quickly reduce聽cholesterol by聽cutting back sharply on fat,聽limiting daily dietary cholesterol intake and getting more fiber. While low fat diets like this do tend to result in weight loss, the main priority for the TLC diet option is health.

For a definitive list and details about all聽35 diets reviewed by聽U.S. News & World Report,聽click here. If you鈥檙e still looking for a little more research before you ditch what鈥檚 left of your holiday sweet stash, these are the top five diets currently trending on Yahoo this week: the Mayo Clinic Diet,聽3-Day Diet,聽DASH Diet,聽South Beach Diet聽and聽Grapefruit Diet.

Are you kicking off 2015 with a diet? Which one are you trying? Share with us in the comments below.聽

(h/t NPR聽and聽U.S. News & World Report;聽Photo via聽Eat Yourself Skinny)