Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet for 2019

Desiree Burns
January 5, 2019

"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.

"We are honored, but not surprised, by the Best Diets recognition from U.S. News and World Report", said Mindy Grossman, President and Chief Executive Officer at WW. The heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, along with healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and avocados. "It's what people in that region have been eating for years and it just works".

Once again in the top spot is the Mediterranean diet for 2019.

To that end, she said the top three diets are all similar in their food content, and all can be healthy eating regimens. The Mediterranean diet has been praised for its health benefits for decades.

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.

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Here are the other diets that topped the list. What they found is that there's one that stands out above the rest for being easy to follow, safe, nutritious, effective for weight loss, and great for preventing lifestyle-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Even those who didn't stick to the diet perfectly but followed it "moderately well" reduced their risk of Alzheimer's by about a third, the researchers found.

The plan focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy and eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and candies, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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

The "new meat" food group includes tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds and eggs, according to U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, WW retained the #4 spot for "Best Diet Overall". The new program expands dietary options.

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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