The 8 Best Diets to Really Slim Down in 2022


As every year, US News & World Report unveils the list of the best and worst diets to lose weight effectively, thanks to the help of medical experts. And the big winner for 2022 is...

Mediterranean, Flexitarian, vegan or volumetric diets: there are a plethora of slimming solutions, more or less effective, that it is sometimes difficult to differentiate. To disentangle the truth from the false, the US News & World Report has made a list revealing the best diets to slim down effectively. For this twelfth edition, the American magazine called on 27 medical experts who scrutinized 40 different diets, each evaluated on its ability to cause weight loss in the long term (two years or more), and in the short term (in the first 12 months). Here is the list of the best diets for 2022.

The 8 Best Diets to Really Slim Down in 2022

1. The Mediterranean diet

For the fifth year in a row, the Mediterranean diet is named the 'best diet'. Focused on fresh and seasonal products, it consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and cereals. Rich in good fat with, in particular, the use of olive oil, it has benefits for heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and the reduction of cardiovascular disease.

2. The DASH diet

The DASH diet, or dietary approaches to reduce hypertension, promotes the consumption of low-fat fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, as well as a reduction in animal fats and sugar. Processed products, and salt, which is limited to one teaspoon per day, are very limited.

3. The Flexitarian regime

Tied in 2nd position, we find the Flexitarian diet, which is more a mode of diet in the long term than a diet to lose weight quickly. The main precept of the Flexitarian is the occasional consumption of meat and fish, 2-4 times maximum per week. Thus, this diet is very easy to follow on a daily basis.

4. The MIND Diet

The MIND ('Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay') diet combines the basics of the DASH and Mediterranean diets, placing more emphasis on a diet that helps prevent brain disease. To be implemented in the long term, it helps to lose peas, reduce the risk of dementia and prevent Alzheimer's disease.

5. The Mayo Diet

The Mayo Clinic diet is based on a food pyramid model, offering a low-calorie diet that spans 14 days. Very restrictive, it displays a program to follow to the letter (with significant consumption of grapefruit) which claims to allow a loss of 10 kg in 2 weeks.

6. The TLC plan

Tied with the Mayo diet is the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, which consists of making three meals and one snack a day. It aims for specific calorie intakes based on gender and goals. This diet is effective in lowering cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

7. The WW diet

Tied with the TLC diet: The WW diet, formerly Weight Watchers, is known for its points system, calculated based on one's initial weight, age, and gender. Each food is worth a defined number of points: it's up to you to spend them according to your desires during the day. No food is banned from WW, allowing awareness of what we eat.

8. Volumetric regime

Tied with the three previous regimes. Eat more to slim down more: this is the principle of the volumetric diet that favors foods with low energy density, with few calories for a large volume. Low-calorie, it is perfect for those who have a lot of appetites, wishing to lose weight while being full.