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What's the Best Diet for 2019? Experts Weigh In

What's the Best Diet for 2019? Experts Weigh In

For the second year in a row, the Mediterranean diet was named the best diet in America by U.S. News & World Report.

Judges voted on 41 diets and ranked them in nine categories, including Best for Weight Loss and Easiest to Follow.

It's the Mediterranean diet-with a score of 4.2 out of 5 possible points-which probably doesn't come as a surprise to the nutrition-savvy among us. Last year's ranking showed the Mediterranean diet tied with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet (also known as DASH), the government-backed plan that emphasizes foods low in sodium but rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium - all of which help lower blood pressure.

New rankings from U.S. News and World Report says the Mediterranean Diet might be the plan for you since it's heavy on vegetables and fruit and incorporates plenty of olive oil, whole grains, and lean meats. Read through to see a Mediterranean diet shopping list, what it's like to be on the diet, and why it's so easy to follow. 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 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.

To that end, she said the top three diets are all similar in their food content, and all can be healthy eating regimens. In fact, the diet is safe for most people, including children and older people.

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

"You really want something to be a lifestyle change so that you can handle it if you have kids or you live alone and I think this one really checks all those boxes", registered dietitian Amy Peick says.

The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish. Although created to help people lose weight, experts say its focus on healthier living makes it a smart overall diet to follow.

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.

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


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