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Top Weight Loss Plans Revealed in 2012 'Best Diets' Listings

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Just in time for those whose New Year's resolutions involve losing weight, U.S. News & World Report has released the 2012 edition of its Best Diets rankings.

And with a new year comes a new centerpiece for the rankings, which is the first-ever listing of the "Easiest Diets to Follow." This list consists of diets that supposedly make it easier for individuals to stick to their weight loss plans, and by extension live up to those resolutions. Experts say that while any diet can facilitate weight loss, it is those that dieters can stick to throughout the year, that prove to be the most successful ones.

So just which diets have come out at the top of this "easiest" list? According to U.S. News & World Report, the following diets are the ones users are more likely to stick with:

  1. Weight Watchers
  2. Jenny Craig
  3. Mediterranean Diet
  4. Slim-Fast and Volumetrics (tied)

Among the other diet rankings published in the report released Wednesday are: Best Diets Overall, Best Commercial Diet Plans, Best Weight-Loss Diets, Best Diets for Healthy Eating, Best Diabetes Diets, and Best Heart-Healthy Diets.

The listings were compiled using data from scientific journals, government reports, and other resources, from which profiles were created describing how diets work, how they break down in terms of nutrition and how safe diets are. A volunteer panel of some 22 nationally-recognized experts in the fields of diet and nutrition reportedly then reviewed each profile, conducted independent fact-finding and rated diets based on criteria such as their ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss.

"The Best Diets rankings are designed to guide each dieter to the diet or diets best suited to his or her goal, whether that’s weight loss, management of diabetes, healthy eating, or something else," U.S. News’s Lindsay Lyon, who directed the project, said in statement.

The following are some of the big winners on the 2012 listing:

  • DASH Diet - #1 in Best Diets Overall, Best Diets for Healthy Eating, and Best Diabetes Diets (tie)
  • Weight Watchers - #1 in Best Weight-Loss Diets, Best Commercial Diet Plans, and Easiest Diets to Follow
  • Biggest Loser Diet - #1 in Best Diabetes Diets (tie)
  • Ornish Diet - #1 in Best Heart-Healthy Diets

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