Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet for 2019

Should You Try a Meat Based Diet in 2019

Should You Try a Meat Based Diet in 2019

For millions of people, changing eating habits for the better will near the top of the list of New Year's Resolution lists.

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

To determine the best diets, a panel of nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, heart health, and weight loss reviewed 41 diets, including the increasingly popular ketogenic, or keto, diet, Weight Watchers, and Atkins.

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

While no single diet is best for everyone, U.S. News' expert rankings are meant to promote the eating styles most likely to improve health and steer people away from misguided diet plans - like the last-place Dukan diet, a restrictive, high-protein system. The DASH diet had been ranked as the No. 1 overall diet by U.S. News and World Report for the previous eight consecutive rankings. While fad diets will come and go, there are some tried-and true healthy eating plans that can help get you on the right track.

We are just two days into 2019, but already the best diet of the year has been named.

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.

Flexitarian is a marriage of the words "flexible" and "vegetarian". You can occasionally add eggs, chicken or fish.

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

Also recommending a diet rich in produce, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and seafood.

A 2018 study found the DASH diet can reduce the risk of depression later in life. It also limits red meat, salt, and candies.

Weight Watchers - now called WW - was fourth.

That doesn't sound so bad, but why was it named the best of the bunch?

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. 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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