With bikini season around the corner, you may be thinking a diet plan is the key to getting you into that two-piece. If you’ve been comparing different diets and can’t decide, some new research could shed some light on what diets may be more efficient than others.
Whether it’s reducing your calorie intake, a points-based system or cutting out certain types of foods completely, different types of diet plans may be more successful than others, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
For the study, researchers analyzed 11 commercial weight loss programs and over 4,000 studies and found that only a few diet plans actually work in helping people lose more weight compared to not using a diet to lose the weight.
They found that Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig were the most successful when it came to long-term weight loss and people who used these methods lost on average 15 and eight pounds, respectively, after one year. Weight Watchers offers a calorie-controlled diet, with foods on a points system for protein, carbohydrate, fat and fibre content; while the Jenny Craig program provides portion-controlled pre-made meals.
Other popular diets showed promise, according to the researchers, including NutriSystem and as well as the Atkins diet. People who followed the Nutrisystem method, a 28-day meal delivery service that is tailored to a dieter’s preferences and metabolism, showed more weight loss over a three month period compared to other nutritional guidance.
Last year, globally, more than 1.9 billion adults, that’s 39% of adults aged 18 and over, were overweight and over 600 million were obese, according to the World Health Organization.
Obesity increases your risk of diseases and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.