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The Best Diets for Weight Loss in 2022—Plus the Ones You Should Definitely Avoid

Prevention Logo By Marisa Cohen of Prevention | Slide 1 of 16: Turning the calendar page to a new year is often a signal that it’s time for a fresh start—and that has never felt more welcome than in 2022. Many people are vaccinated against COVID-19 (and boosted!) and looking forward to getting out a little more than they have in the past year. Feeling a little more comfortable about staying safe also means you can turn your mental energy toward your overall health. “Eating a nutrient-rich diet can make us feel better and more energized, and it lets us know we are taking steps towards a healthier life,” says dietitian Amanda Beaver, R.D.N, of Houston Methodist Wellness Services. But when you start researching the best ways to lose weight, your head can start spinning with all the different “miracle” diets out there—keto! paleo! 5-2 fasting! And of course each of these has an army of true believers, who post all over Instagram about how awesome they feel giving up carbs/sugar/meat/dinner. It can be impossible to know which one to try. “The most important thing to do when adopting a new diet is to ask yourself these questions: Is it sustainable? Does it forbid certain foods including your favorites? Can you stay on this diet while socializing with your family and going to restaurants?” says Beaver. We asked a panel of dietitians to sort through some of the most buzzed-about diets, and discuss the good, the bad, and the hungry. Here are their recommendations of the top 11 to consider—and 4 to forget about.

Turning the calendar page to a new year is often a signal that it’s time for a fresh start—and that has never felt more welcome than in 2022. Many people are vaccinated against COVID-19 (and boosted!) and looking forward to getting out a little more than they have in the past year. Feeling a little more comfortable about staying safe also means you can turn your mental energy toward your overall health.

“Eating a nutrient-rich diet can make us feel better and more energized, and it lets us know we are taking steps towards a healthier life,” says dietitian Amanda Beaver, R.D.N, of Houston Methodist Wellness Services. But when you start researching the best ways to lose weight, your head can start spinning with all the different “miracle” diets out there—keto! paleo! 5-2 fasting! And of course each of these has an army of true believers, who post all over Instagram about how awesome they feel giving up carbs/sugar/meat/dinner. It can be impossible to know which one to try.

“The most important thing to do when adopting a new diet is to ask yourself these questions: Is it sustainable? Does it forbid certain foods including your favorites? Can you stay on this diet while socializing with your family and going to restaurants?” says Beaver. We asked a panel of dietitians to sort through some of the most buzzed-about diets, and discuss the good, the bad, and the hungry. Here are their recommendations of the top 11 to consider—and 4 to forget about.

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