If you're like me, you've already broken a few of your New Year's resolutions. If, however, your will to lose weight is stronger than ever, US News & World Report has some helpful intel. It ranked 32 current diets for effectiveness and simplicity, naming the DASH Diet (developed to fight high blood pressure; the focus is on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy) and the TLC Diet (focusing on increasing fiber intake and cutting back on saturated fat) as the winners. Tied at the bottom of the list are the Dukan Diet (the super-strict high-protein diet that claims you'll lose 10 pounds in the first week) and the Paleo Diet (followers eat like cavemen: lots of meat, fish and vegetables; not a lot of refined sugar, beans, grains).
And then there are a few new weight loss plans that somehow missed the rankings, like the Mushroom Diet and the God Diet. Read on to learn how to lose weight according to the Old Testament.
The M-Plan (a.k.a. the Mushroom Diet)
Kelly Osbourne and Katy Perry are both fans of this new British diet, which claims to help dieters lose weight in target areas—butt, thighs, belly—without losing it from another key place, your breasts. The secret, they say, is to replace one meal a day with a mushroom dish over a two-week period. Nutritionist Jeannette Jackson, author of The Drop Zone Diet, argues for the Mushroom Diet: "The dietary fiber in mushrooms helps... you feel more satisfied, so you won't be hungry again as quickly, preventing you from snacking." Nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot has bad news about the diet's ability to target problem areas, though: "I'm sure you will lose weight, but the fact remains that no food in particular can create targeted weight loss. Whether it's mushroom or steak, the laws of thermodynamics dictate, if you consume less calories, you will lose weight, just not everywhere but your breasts."