Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Report says Mediterranean Diet is best in 2019

Report says Mediterranean Diet is best in 2019

The Mediterranean diet got the top ranking in U.S. News' list.

Rich in low-starch vegetables, fruit, healthy fats (mostly from olives and olive oil), nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and fish, the Mediterranean diet eschews simple sugars and refined starches and is low in red meat.

Experts ranked the diet poorly in heart-health, ease of use, and overall impact on health.

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.

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 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.

"I think that diets that don't differentiate between healthy and unhealthy fats, over time are ultimately an unhealthy approach to losing weight", Heller said. "Those things may seem mundane because they're so basic and yet we see year over year that those are the diets that work and have staying power and are the healthiest for us".

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

Flexitarian is a marriage of the words "flexible" and "vegetarian". The diet was promoted by dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in a 2009 book that says you can reap the benefits of a plant-heavy diet even if you eat meat occasionally, according to U.S. News and World Report. In fact, one study found the diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent.

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

Weight Watchers ranked in the top five for best diets overall and also obtained the No. 1 rankings for Best Commercial Diet and Best Weight Loss Diet for 2019.

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