When it comes to diet plans, Weight Watchers comes out on top, according to the U.S. News & World Report -- but only for a certain group of dieters.
Weight Watchers ranks number one for those looking to lose extra weight, but people who want to eat to primarily lower high blood pressure or to combat diabetes may want to turn to other plans, MSNBC reports.
U.S. News & World Report researchers looked at and compiled profiles on 20 diets, which were reviewed by a panel of 22 experts in diet and nutrition, diabetes and heart disease.
They then ranked the diets based on scores in seven categories -- short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, easiness to follow, nutritional completeness, ability to prevent or manage diabetes and to manage heart disease.
Each diet was also judged in five categories, including best overall diet, best commercial diet plan, best weight-loss, best diabetes diet and best heart-healthy diet.
Jenny Craig and the Raw Food Diet were close runners-up in diet plans for losing weight, but the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) was deemed best overall diet, with the Mediterranean Diet coming in second.
The DASH diet also came out first for the best diabetes diet, followed by the Mayo Clinic Diet, while the Ornish Diet captured the top spot for heart-healthy diets with TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet coming in second.