Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet for 2019

Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet for 2019

US News and World Report ranked the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet as the best overall diets for 2018, and this mostly plant-based diet has been proven to help you lose weight, live longer, reduce risk of heart disease, and boost brain health.

To follow the Mediterranean diet, one must eat a mostly plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

If you're interested in trying out the Mediterranean Diet, Peick suggests starting out small and working your way into it.

It is followed by the DASH Diet, which tied the with Mediterranean diet for the top spot a year ago. "Those things may seem mundane because they're so basic and yet we see year over year that those are the diets that work and have staying power and are the healthiest for us".

If getting healthy is one of your top New Year's resolutions, it may be time to rethink your eating habits. It's hard to know for sure, but recently, a panel of health experts debated the topic for U.S. News and ranked 41 different diets. The Mediterranean diet has been praised for its health benefits for decades. Other diets at the bottom of the list included the Dukan diet, the Body Reset Diet and the Whole30 diet.

And no, unfortunately, there is still no magic fix for losing weight, but there are certain diets that have been shown to be more successful. The 2019 runner up for weight loss was the Volumetrics Diet, with Jenny Craig taking the number two commercial diet spot.

The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet, ranked five a year ago, is a hybrid of the top-rated DASH and Mediterranean diets.

Developed by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the DASH diet focuses on reducing high blood pressure with low-sodium foods, which include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins. Additionally, WW retained the #4 spot for "Best Diet Overall".

The WW Freestyle program was launched in 2017 and builds off the company's signature SmartPoints system, which assigns every food and beverage a point value, based on its nutrition.

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