With the holiday season in the rear-view mirror, many of us are facing down the new year toting a few extra pounds that need shedding. But how to begin? The plethora of diets to choose from can be dizzying. So CBS News asked top nutrition experts to weigh in (pun intended) on which popular diets and weight-loss trends are most effective and which ones should be shunned.
There's no Holy Grail diet that works best for everyone, the experts agreed. Instead, people need to choose and then personalize a weight-loss plan that suits their lifestyle, tastes, culture, and health needs such as allergies, intolerances and chronic conditions.
"I don't think there's one diet or one way to lose weight," said Dr. Holly Wyatt, medical director of The Wellness Clinic at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.
"We're always searching for the best diet, but randomized controlled trials show there isn't one," Wyatt said. "You are really trying to find a diet that matches what you can adhere to."
Read on to learn which diet trends may suit you best and which ones you're better off avoiding. And be sure to check in with your health care provider before embarking on any weight-loss plan.