Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet for 2019

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

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

If getting healthy is one of your top New Year's resolutions, it may be time to rethink your eating habits. To be top-rated, a diet had to "be safe, relatively easy to follow, nutritious and effective for weight loss".

The diet could also help prevent cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's as well as breast cancer.

Here's a closer look at the highest-ranking diets overall.

The Mediterranean diet was named the best eating plan for 2019, according to an annual ranking by U.S. News and World Report published Wednesday.

To determine the best diets, a panel of nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, heart health, and weight loss reviewed 41 diets, including the increasingly popular ketogenic, or keto, diet, Weight Watchers, and Atkins. You can have red wine in moderation if you'd like, but you must get plenty of exercise and enjoy meals with family and friends.

In addition to lowering blood pressure, research suggests the DASH diet may help reduce the risk of diabetes and may also help fight depression.

The flexitarian diet encourages people to try alternative meat options, like tofu, but leaves room for flexibility if you can't quite fully give up meat.

For many, the start of the new year signals the start of a new diet. 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. Other diets at the bottom of the list included the Dukan diet, the Body Reset Diet and the Whole30 diet.

Designed by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the aptly named MIND diet was developed specifically for brain health.

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.

Weight Watchers - now called WW - was fourth. Although created to help people lose weight, experts say its focus on healthier living makes it a smart overall diet to follow.

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.

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