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DIY Diets Beat Commercial Weight-Loss Plans in Consumer Satisfaction

DIY diets outscore
commercial ones

How’s that new year’s resolution to drop the extra pounds shaking out? For those who may need a little assistance, Consumer Reports has rated 13 weight-loss programs, including commercial plans and do-it-yourself diets. Among more than 9,000 of the magazine’s readers, DIY diets received the highest satisfaction ratings, beating out even the most popular of the commercial plans in the survey, Weight Watchers. The top-ranked “diet” is actually not a diet at all: MyFitnessPal, a smart phone application and website that allows users to track calories and exercise, received the top satisfaction score of 83.

The Paleo Diet, which urges dieters to “eat like a caveman,” received a score of 80. The Mediterranean Diet scored 77 and SparkPeople, another app and website, scored 76.

Meanwhile, Weight Watchers came in with a score of 74, Medifast received a 70, Jenny Craig scored 66 and Nutrisystem scored 56.

The magazine noted that these scores don’t necessarily mean one diet is better than another; satisfaction scores didn’t correlate with weight loss.

The Washington Post

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