It's the million dollar question, which diet is the easiest to not only stick to long term, but also produces the best results?
And the winner is…drum roll please…a Mediterranean diet.
A group of over-weight volunteers followed one of three different diets for four years, and let science folk follow their progress.
They either stuck to a low fat and low calorie diet, a Mediterranean style low calorie diet or a low carb eating plan with no calorie restriction.
Overall, the Mediterranean diet led to the most dramatic changes and proved the easiest to stick to.
A Mediterranean diet means one which is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats like olive oil (and they were allowed moderate amounts of alcohol…even better news!)
On the flip side, it was low in sweets, meats and saturated fats like butter.
The results, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that surprisingly after two years, 85% of the participants were still following the programme.
By the end of four years, on average participants on the Mediterranean plan had lost seven pounds and had considerably lowered their levels of cholesterol. This compared to four pounds for those on the low carb diet.
Not only is this good news for overall health, but it means that this diet is the best for avoiding weight regain.
Allison Krall, a dietician from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre in Columbus reviewed the study for Web MD, saying, "The Mediterranean diet won out overall. It is a more balanced diet with more options and choices."
She added, "Finding ways of eating that a person can stick to over the long haul is the key to losing weight and keeping it off because yo-yo dieting is dangerous."
Do you think you could stick to a Mediterranean lifestyle?