March 26, 2019

Forget keto - the Mediterranean diet was just named the best for 2019

07 January 2019, 01:11 | Silvia Roy

For overall healthy eating, the best diet plan is the Mediterranean diet, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual diet review. In the latest rankings, the Mediterranean diet also took the titles of best diet for healthy eating, diabetes and heart health, the easiest diet to follow and the best plant-based diet.

She says the Mediterranean Diet is based on the cuisine of the Mediterranean region, which includes lean proteins such as fish and beans, as well as healthy fats, whole grains and a large amount of plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables and legumes.

It is followed by the DASH Diet, which tied the with Mediterranean diet for the top spot past year.

"These diets that are consistently top performers are scoring well, from nutrition to helpfulness, ease, ability to help prevent chronic conditions and more", Haupt said.

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To that end, she said the top three diets are all similar in their food content, and all can be healthy eating regimens.

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

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.

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

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"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.

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

This plant-heavy diet focuses on adding five food groups - "new meat", fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and sugar and spices - to your diet, instead of taking foods away. It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories.

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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.

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