U.S. News ranked 25 popular diets after evaluating all aspects of the diet such as how easy it is to follow, weight loss potential, and level of nutrition.
The top 2 diets are DASH diet and TLC diet, which are actually therapeutic diets for hypertension and high cholesterol, but are very effective for weight loss. The worst diet ranked being Paleo diet, raw food diet, and Dukan diet.
For the full list: http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-overall-diets article also offers recipes, menus, and reviews for each diet.
- DASH Diet - Diet originally designed to lower blood pressure but is very effective at weight loss as well. The diet is low in sodium and higher in potassium and calcium which antagonize salt. It is high in fiber, whole grains, fruits, vegetables,lean meats, and low-fat dairy.
- TLC diet - The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet was designed as an intervention before medication for high cholesterol. It is low in fat and saturated fat and high in fiber which is proven to lower cholesterol. Fiber is also a great when trying to lose weight because it helps you eat less by keeping you full for longer.