Mediterranean diet named No. 1 eating plan for 2019

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Those who aren't as concerned about losing weight may consider the Mediterranean diet, which was named the Best Overall Diet, the Best Diabetes Diet, the Best Diet for Healthy Eating, the Best Plant-based Diet, the Best Heart-healthy Diet, and the Easiest Diet to Follow for 2019.

The Mediterranean diet took over the No. 1 spot from the DASH diet, which had maintained the top ranking for eight years in a row.

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. Interested in embarking on the diet for yourself?

WW also retained the #2 spot for "Easiest to Follow" diet, which speaks to the livability of the program. "While certainly not required, a glass a day for women and two a day for men is fine if your doctor says so", US News wrote.

If getting healthy is one of your top New Year's resolutions, it may be time to rethink your eating habits.

U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with a panel of health experts, evaluated and ranked 41 diets.

In addition to lowering blood pressure, research suggests the DASH diet may help reduce the risk of diabetes and may also help fight depression. Other diets at the bottom of the list included the Dukan diet, the Body Reset Diet and the Whole30 diet.

In the book, Blatner says you don't have to cut out meat entirely to reap the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

In third place, is something new called the Flexitarian Diet.

One advantageous aspect of the Mediterranean diet is that it is more than just a diet, it's a lifestyle that brings people together in the pursuit of healthy living.

WW's Freestyle program applies points values to foods, with higher points for foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and lower points for foods with high levels of protein.

Unlike highly restrictive diets like the keto diet or the Atkins diet, the Mediterranean diet is balanced and allows people to eat a wide variety of foods in moderation. 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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