What's the Best Diet for 2019? Experts Weigh In

Pearl Mccarthy
January 7, 2019

The Mediterranean diet was named the best eating plan for 2019, according to an annual ranking by U.S. News and World Report published Wednesday. 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.

Research has shown that people in Mediterranean countries tend to live longer and have lower instances of cancer and cardiovascular disease, compared to other populations around the world. U.S. News ranked it high on the list for being nutritionally complete, easy to follow, and providing long-term weight loss as well as heart health benefits.

2018 brought us many wellness fads, including the keto and carnivore diets, intermittent fasting, carb cycling and more.

The DASH diet, made up of low-sodium and healthful foods, was originally started by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a diet to help reduce blood pressure. In fact, one study found the diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent. It's more flexible than fully vegetarian or vegan diets.

"On these types of diets, you often don't learn how to manage holidays, stressful days or special occasions".

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The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish. 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.

If you're gearing up to eat healthier this year, consider including whole grains, seafood, and healthy fats in your diet.

Among the diet's requirements is eating three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable daily, as well as a single glass of wine if desired.

"I wish though, that we weren't so obsessed with weight loss and diets, per se".

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. The plan also involves in-person meetings or online chats created to support those in the program and keep them accountable.

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