Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mediterranean diet named No. 1 eating plan for 2019

Mediterranean diet named No. 1 eating plan 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. US News and World Report ranked the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet as the best overall diets for 2018, and this mostly plant-based diet has been proven to help you lose weight, live longer, reduce risk of heart disease, and boost brain health. The heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, along with healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and avocados. 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.

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. The campaign reflects WW's strategic evolution to build on its leading position in weight management, helping people to achieve their weight loss goals, while also delivering a more holistic platform for health and wellness, including innovations around nutrition, activity, mindset, inspiration and community.

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 DASH diet was second - that's Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

And no, unfortunately, there is still no magic fix for losing weight, but there are certain diets that have been shown to be more successful.

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In third place, is something new called the Flexitarian Diet. But what's the best way to eat if you want to lose weight?

Red meat and sugary foods are very limited, but adding red wine is alright in moderation.

Doctors say healthy weight loss is just one to two pounds per week. Although created to help people lose weight, experts say its focus on healthier living makes it a smart overall diet to follow.

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

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. It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories.

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