South Beach Diet - Consumer Reports ranks top seven diets

05-16-2011, 01:29 PM
I was disappointed to read this article yesterday only to find that South Beach didn't make the top seven choices. What's up with that? I just can't believe that some of these are believed to be better health wise than South Beach.

Consumer Reports recently tackled the age-old question which ones really work? in their latest diet ratings, the first update since 2007.

No. 1: Jenny Craig Diet
No. 2: Slim-Fast Plan Diet
No. 3: Weight Watchers Diet
No. 4: Zone Diet
No. 5: Ornish Diet
No. 6: Atkins Diet
No. 7: NutriSystem Diet

05-16-2011, 01:37 PM
I have to assume that this is going by information that is easily monitored by these companies. They all have websites, sales information for products, and other ways to monitor such criteria.

True followers of SB tend to stay away from processed foods meaning that the processed SB products have a lower rate of sale than Slim Fast, NutriSystem, and etc.

The question I feel Consumer Reports answered wasn't "What is the best program for your body", it was "Which mega-company has better marketing and sales data which skews the idea of 'success'". If you were to rate them all by which was the healthiest way to lose weight, I'm sure SB would be in the top and most of these others wouldn't even make the list!!

05-16-2011, 02:38 PM
I think that most of these made the cut because of their pre-made meals. I don't know much about them, but I assume it's something like "We take the thinking out of dieting. Buy our meals, snacks, shakes, etc and watch the pounds come off." So then when left up to your own devices, you likely fail. South beach is about understanding what you put in your body and how you react to to and adjusting accordingly. I would think there would be much more success when you have that knowledge and control.

05-16-2011, 02:40 PM
No way is SlimFast number 2! Seriously?! It's all sugar with some vitamins added. I wonder what they are basing this off of--kickbacks?

05-16-2011, 04:10 PM
Yeah I saw this on the Today Show and was baffled so I looked into it. Its really the top 10 diets that offer pre-made meals.
South Beach is recommended by doctors (my sisters') and nutritionists (my other sisters') alike.

05-16-2011, 04:47 PM
It really wasn't about "what is the healthiest way to lose weight".

it was more "what diet is the easiest to follow with the most stick-to-it-iveness that will drop the pounds regardless of how healthy it is for me"

05-16-2011, 09:16 PM
I wouldn't put much stock in this report. I was watching my local news this weekend and they were talking about this study. I guess the people who were on the Jenny Craig program were given the all the food for free. This was also a two year study and the average weight loss was 16 pounds, not a lot for a two year period.

I say whatever works for you is the right plan to follow.

05-16-2011, 11:19 PM

05-17-2011, 01:23 PM
Here is an article on how invalid this study is

The magazine said Jenny Craig had “the edge over the other big names” on the basis of a two-year study published last year in The Journal of the American Medical Association. In that study, 92 percent of 442 overweight and obese women stuck with the program for two years, which Consumer Reports called a “remarkable level of adherence.” They lost an average of about 16 pounds.

16lbs.. in 2 years.. wow.. I'm stunned at how great this "diet" is.

05-17-2011, 09:59 PM
Slim Fast? Are you kidding me? :eek:

05-17-2011, 10:46 PM
The news report that I heard about the top diets reported the findings and followed with the comment "Jenny Craig was a sponsor in the study"-so that helps to explain the results too.

05-17-2011, 10:59 PM
Lists like that should always be taken with a grain of salt. A very tiny grain of salt.

At least three of those plans REQUIRE that you use only their products for at least two out of three meals a day. Certainly not an option for everyone, not to mention the expense.

I guess it's nice that the people were able to stick with it, regardless of the pounds dropped on average it's nice to be able to continue forward with a plan that works for you.

I'm always leery of those "lists" of top anything, and after reading how Consumer Reports conducted the study I've mentally discarded the list in its entirety.

05-18-2011, 12:01 PM
I have tried Jenny Craig and could not stick to it. You get so bored of the food. It is also full of salt. South Beach is the best diet I have tried!

SBD Sass
05-18-2011, 12:26 PM
Most people don't have the willpower to make it through P1 so I'm not surprised that SBD didn't make it on the list. Oh well. Their loss.

05-18-2011, 12:52 PM
Here is an article on how invalid this study is

16lbs.. in 2 years.. wow.. I'm stunned at how great this "diet" is.

There was a 94% "adherence" because they were getting the food for free! No kidding? People will continue to accept free food? Amazing!

I call it "adherence" because quite obviously most were NOT following the program if they only lost 16 lbs on average over two years.

Conumser Reports blows it again. Seriously pathetic.

05-18-2011, 01:25 PM
NutriSystem food is awful. people probably lose weight on it because they can't bear to eat it. Expensive, too.

05-21-2011, 10:20 AM
I would have to say that most people are not creative in food choices when on a diet which would make the south beach diet a lot more difficult. Also you have to discipline yourself for portions unlike the boxed food that gives you no choices. I will admit as much as I love the SBD I spend an awful lot of time preparing in the evening since both my husband and I work. I really think that a diets success really depends on the individual person. For instance I could never lose weight eating only subway but one guy did. Kudos to anyone who does what works for them =)

05-22-2011, 08:58 PM
Jenny Craig: super high sodium, all processed foods
Slim Fast: sugar plus artificial cream flavor and artificial added vitamins

These are the two top choices. Should give a sense about how they evaluated things: i.e. not healthy, lifestyle based options.

05-23-2011, 10:13 AM
I will admit as much as I love the SBD I spend an awful lot of time preparing in the evening since both my husband and I work.

Us to, but seems to work for us is just eating the same things in rotation.. you get faster at them. We also have the same thing for breakfast almost every day... and lunch is usually left overs from dinner the night before.