These Are the 5 Best Diets for 2019, According to Experts

Desiree Burns
January 7, 2019

For millions of people, changing eating habits for the better will near the top of the list of New Year's Resolution lists. The Mediterranean diet was also ranked high in multiple categories including: Easiest Diets to Follow, Best Diets for Healthy Eating, Best Diets for Diabetes, and Best Diets for Hearth Health.

A plant-based diet that encourages eating like the Vikings did has made it for the first time onto the U.S. News and World Report's annual diet rankings.

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.

2018 brought us many wellness fads, including the keto and carnivore diets, intermittent fasting, carb cycling and more.

Here are the other diets that topped the list.

The DASH diet was second - that's Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Because of new research regarding the Mediterranean diet, such as findings that it could lower the risk of dementia and aggressive prostate cancer, it took the lead for 2019. 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.

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

The "new meat" food group includes tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds and eggs, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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

Among the diet's requirements is eating three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable daily, as well as a single glass of wine if desired.

The WW Freestyle program was launched in 2017 and builds off the company's signature SmartPoints system, which assigns every food and beverage a point value, based on its nutrition.

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