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. We compare and review the top diets, as well as diet pills, fitness DVDs, and home exercise equipment, so you can pick the best. If you're new, check out Diet Basics first, or go straight to the Comparison Table below which examines the 20 most popular US diets (the good and the bad). Just click on the company logo for our independent review (conducted by a Cambridge-trained scientist, Dr. Lauren Mackenzie) and a link to the site.

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  Table Definitions

.Value Rating = Value
Design Rating = Efficiency
Service Rating = Sustainable

Value Rating: Includes price of the diet and our assessment of what you actually get for your money.

Efficiency Rating: Our opinion of how well the diet helps you lose weight--quickest is not always best, as we value healthy, steady weight loss higher than quick loss likely to rebound.

Sustainable Rating: This is our take on how easy it is to stay on this diet--many diets are very effective, but dieters don't last on them for more than a couple weeks.

Philosophy: In a nutshell, the big idea behind the diet.

Support: Only some diet services offer a real support system for weight loss (which studies show improve results considerably), though this doesn't always mean a weekly group, as some online support options are excellent.

Cost: Costs for the diet over a given time--this is straightforward for the structured programs, but is hard to estimate for the book-based diets where you then purchase all the food yourself.

Notes: Brief comments on a given diet. For more, read our in depth review by clicking the diet logo, or click Visit Site to be transferred to the actual diet's website.

 

Most Popular US Diets & Weight Loss Services Ranked
Value, Efficiency, and Sustainable    
(click for our review)

Ratings

Philosophy

Support

Cost

Notes

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Weight Watchers Review & Link

Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating
Points-based low-calorie system Online support, plus optional group meetings $65 for 3 months online, $17.95 thereafter Largest, proven, steady weight loss method

Read Weight Watchers review
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Visit Weight Watchers Diet Service Site

Nutrisystem Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Low calorie/GI food delivered to your door Online forum plus optional consultations ~$299/month for food, 1 week free Ultimate convenience of prepared food Nutrisystem Diet Review & Link
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Visit Diet Site

Diet Watch Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Detailed online nutrition tracking Online support $12.96 per month plus food Most detailed logging system we've seen Diet Watch Review & Link
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Visit Diet Watch Diet Service Site

Gillian McKeith Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Optimum healthy eating None (book) ~$11 for book, fresh ingredients pricey Diet of abundance, but much cooking Gillian McKeith Diet Review & Link
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Visit Gillian McKeith Diet Service Site

Medifast Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Very Low Calorie Diet Online forum and one-on-one coach ~$299/month for food Drastic, but among most effective diets Medifast Review & Link
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Visit Medifast Service Site

Bistro MD Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Low-calorie frozen meal delivery Online forums $159/week for all food Gourmet quality as used on Biggest Loser  Diet Review & Link
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Visit Diet Site

eDiets Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Online diet tracking / management Online support w/ dieticians & trainers $17.96/month plus food Low cal, GI, or Med diet plans eDiets Diet Review & Link
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Visit eDiets Diet Site

GI Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Low GI foods to avoid sugar rushes None (book) ~$22 for book, moderate priced diet Very healthy, but menu isn't cheap GI Diet Review & Link
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Visit GI Diet Diet Service Site

South Beach Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Low GI and heart healthy foods None (book) ~$10 for book, moderate priced diet Very healthy, but menu isn't cheap South Beach Diet Review & Link
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Visit South Beach Diet Diet Service Site

Sonoma Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Gourmet Mediterranean, low GI foods None (book) ~$6 for book, pricey diet Perhaps the tastiest diet, but expensive  Sonoma Diet Review & Link
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Visit Sonoma Diet Site

Volumetrics Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Low energy density foods None (book) ~$7 for book, moderate priced diet High volume/low cal foods keep you feeling full Volumetrics Diet Review & Link
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Visit Volumetrics Diet Site

Hay Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Food combining None (book) ~$9 for book, moderate priced diet Been around since 1900s, still strong Hay Diet Review & Link
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Visit Hay Diet Service Site

The Zone Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Strict 40:30:30 carb:protein:fat ratio None (book) $18 for book, moderate priced diet Very healthy, but hard to follow ratios The Zone Diet Review & Link
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Visit The Zone Diet Diet Service Site

Slimfast Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Liquid meal replacement + healthy dinner None No fixed price, fairly pricey Boring but effective in short term Slimfast Review & Link
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Visit Slim Fast Diet Service Site

Jenny Craig Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Low calorie packaged meals Weekly on-on-one meeting w/counselor varies, can be $84-$126/week Pricey but can be effective Jenny Craig Diet Review & Link
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Visit Jenny Craig  Diet Site

Herbalife Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Liquid replacement + healthy dinner Weekly one-on-one meeting w/counselor Varies, not disclosed Good plan, not as extreme as some Herbalife Diet Review & Link
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Visit Herbalife Diet Service Site

Atkins Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Low Carbs None (book) ~$16 for book, pricey diet Health concerns over long-term use Atkins Diet Review & Link
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Visit Atkins Diet Service Site

Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Very low calorie diet, cookies replace 2 meals None ~$59 per week for cookies, plus dinners Will work, but not sustainable Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Review & Link
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Visit Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Site

Cabbage Soup Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
All cabbage soup None (book) ~$7 for book, bulk cabbage is fairly cheap Fad diet, unsustainable Cabbage Soup Diet Review & Link
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Visit Cabbage Soup Diet Service Site

Blood Type Diet Review & Link

Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Eat foods suited to your blood type None (book) ~$15 for book, moderate priced diet Pseudo science Blood Type Diet Review & Link
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Visit Blood Type Diet Service Site

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