Top 10 Diets That Work

By Jim F

1851-wendys-salad.jpgEver found yourself looking for a diet, but are unsure if any of them actually work?

There are some that are better than others. There are also diets that have reliable clinical research to back them up.

  1. Weight Watchers
    Foods: Depends on which plan is chosen.
  2. Glycemic Index
    Foods: certain fruits and vegetables; whole grains such as oats, barley, and bran; basmati rice; some pasta; quinoa; chick peas; plain yogurt; and skim milk
  3. Volumetrics
    Foods: Focus on eating foods with a higher water or air content.
  4. Organic
    Foods: pesticide-free fruits and vegetables; whole grains; free-range eggs, chicken and beef; hormone-free milk
  5. Raw Food
    Foods: sushi, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seared fish and meat
  6. Sonoma Diet
    Foods: lean protein, feta cheese, almonds, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, grapes, olive oil, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, whole grains and wine
  7. Jenny Craig
    Foods: cereal with skim milk, Jenny Craig-style chicken fettuccine, fruit, vegetables, Jenny Craig-style Pumpkin soup
  8. NutriSystem
    Foods: Nutrisystem-style apple-cinnamon oatmeal, cream of broccoli soup, beef tacos, whipped sweet potatoes with cheese
  9. South Beach Diet
    Foods: Phase 1: vegetables, eggs, cheese, nuts, beef, fish; Phase 2: reintroduce bread, cereal and potatoes
  10. The Zone Foods: Meals based ratio of carbohydrates (40%), fat (30%) and proteins (30%).

Packaged food programs (Jenny Craig and NutriSystem) are generally short-term solutions or fixes – they are often used by people trying to get back on track. Convenience and time-management often dictate what we can eat. This is reality.

Weight Watchers Has The Best Research Track Record

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine:

“With the exception of Weight Watchers, the evidence to support the effectiveness of major commercial weight loss programs is limited. Patients considering the use of commercial weight loss programs should realize that these programs have not been carefully studied and that they vary greatly in cost.”

So, without doubt Weight Watchers is the most studied diet, and with the most successful outcome.


  1. Valerie

    I have tried several of these diets since the 70’s. After researching more about nutrition and health, I began following a vegan type diet. I am a Texan — I love steak, BBQ and burgers — but after research, I went cold turkey on a vegan plan. I have never looked back. I have lost weight, enjoyed eating CARBS (see Starch Solution Diet) and feel more energetic and healthy than ever. My suggestion: do your own research, learn about nutrition and stop diets that are not balanced or are harmful (see documentary Forks over Knives).

  2. siphiwe bhembe

    I am in an obese stage and big stomack and i like eating too much so i am developing some joint problems, how can i loose weight beside exercising.

    • real talk.

      there is no way to just simply loose weight without exercising. That is cheating your way out and you will never see long run results that is the most important. You need to burn more calories than you take in. That’s how you see weight loss results.

  3. SueK24

    Interesting list. I can say without a doubt that the Zone definitely works. I lost 100 pounds over two years time with the Zone and my blood labs, blood pressure and more took a huge turn for the bettter. That was 16 years ago and I’ve been following the Zone diet and lifestyle ever since.

  4. Ljbndt

    does this really work because I’ve tried so many diets and none of them work for me.