Report says Mediterranean Diet is best in 2019

Pearl Mccarthy
January 5, 2019

Another diet based on a healthy region of the world, the Mediterranean diet, holds the top overall spot this year for the first time in U.S. News and World Report's rankings. The Mediterranean diet, which focuses heavily on fruits, vegetables and fish, has been named the best for 2019 by a panel of health experts who confirm it's easy to follow, nutritious and effective for weight loss and preventing diabetes and heart disease. The heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, along with healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and avocados.

This is the second year in a row the U.S. World News Report chose Mediterranean as the best diet of the year.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was created to help manage blood pressure, but experts say it has many overall health benefits, helping it nab the number 2 spot on the best overall diets list. The most successful diet is one that you can stick to. You can have red wine in moderation if you'd like, but you must get plenty of exercise and enjoy meals with family and friends.

To that end, she said the top three diets are all similar in their food content, and all can be healthy eating regimens.

Third for quick weight loss was the keto diet - very low-carb, high-fat. Because of new research regarding the Mediterranean diet, such as findings that it could lower the risk of dementia and aggressive prostate cancer, it took the lead for 2019.

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Lifestyle diets, such as the Mayo Clinic diet and MIND diet, are healthier and more sustainable than weight-loss plans such as the Ketogenic or Atkins diet are, the panelists concluded.

Flexitarian is a marriage of the words "flexible" and "vegetarian".

Weight Watchers - now called WW - was fourth. The new program expands dietary options.

A number of popular diets, including the keto diet, Dukan diet, and the Whole30 diet received some of the lowest rankings on U.S. News' list.

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