Each year, U.S. News & World Report releases a list of the best overall diets. Each diet is ranked by a panel of leading medical and nutrition experts. The 33 experts rate each diet in 11 categories including nutrition, short and long-term weight loss, ease of compliance, and safety. As a dietitian, the top diets of 2023 including the Mediterranean, DASH, and Flexitarian don’t surprise me at all. These are healthy diets in line with safe and well-balanced nutrition concepts. And unfortunately, the worst diets on the list don’t surprise me either.
In a solid weight loss plan, there are certainly markers I look for as a dietitian. This includes an all-inclusive diet with a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, starches, proteins, milk and dairy foods, and healthy fats. In addition, the rate of weight loss recommended is extremely important. According to the National Institute of Heath, a safe rate of weight loss is between one to two pounds per week. Losing weight too quickly can affect your health, including a drop of blood pressure, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance.
The amount of calories taken in is also important for a weight loss diet. Anything less than 1,200 calories can be dangerous to your health. That is why the NIH recommends working with your doctor and registered dietitian if you choose to go on a very low-calorie diet under this amount. The lowest-ranked diets have numerous red flags that include some of the issues listed above, but also have numerous other counter indications that put them at the bottom of the list. Here’s why these 5 diets are the lowest ranking diets of 2023 according to U.S News.
The Keto diet
Ranking at 20 out of 24 diets is the super popular Keto diet. This plan is a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb diet consisting of 70-75% fat, 20-25% protein, and 5-10% carbs. As the primary source of energy in the body is carbs, the premise of this plan is that if you eat a very low-carb diet, your body will turn fat into ketone bodies, which can be used as fuel.
This means that most of your food comes from pure fat like olive oil or coconut oil, and some of your…