These Are the 5 Best Diets for 2019, According to Experts

Leslie Hanson
January 5, 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.

Every year, U.S. News & World Report enlists nutritionists, dietary consultants, and physicians to analyze popular diets and create seven rankings based on weight-loss potential, ease, etc.

It's based on lifestyles from countries along the mediterranean sea.

Research has shown the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and may have numerous other health benefits, including reduction of LDL, or "bad", cholesterol, as well as a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and cancer.

While each diet has its own characteristics, they all share similarities in that there is little to no processed food, and a major emphasis is placed on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and minimal meat. 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 trendy ketogenic diet (also known as the keto diet), which is very high in fats but low in carbohydrates, moved up to the second-best plan for weight loss.

The Mediterranean diet came out on top. The term was coined by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in her book "The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life". The most successful diet is one that you can stick to.

The plan focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy and eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and candies, according to U.S. News and World Report. It also emphasizes healthy fats in the form of olive oil and nuts.

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

WW offers its members support online and is well-known for its in-person group meetings.

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