Everyone's first resolution in the new year is to lose weight, why not start a Mediterranean diet?

Numerous studies have found the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, memory loss, depression and breast cancer.

The diet features simple, plant-based cooking, with the majority of each meal focused on fruits and vegetable.

Fats other than olive oil, such as butter, are consumed rarely, if at all, and sugar and refined foods are reserved for special occasions.

The plan emphasizes not only weight loss but healthier eating and regular activity.

The Mayo Clinic Diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps people improve their eating habits.

Optavia, a plan focused on low-carb, low-calorie foods and including fortified meal replacements.

SlimFast Diet, a plan of shakes, smoothies, and meal bars to replace two of three meals a day.