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

Henrietta Brewer
January 5, 2019

Among New Year's resolutions, the most popular remains losing weight.

The Mediterranean diet came out on top.

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. "Our brand is becoming more holistic, diverse and reflective of what people want in a health and wellness partner today, but we are still committed to our heritage in being the leading partner in weight management, leveraging years of behavior change expertise".


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.

The DASH diet, made up of low-sodium and healthful foods, was originally started by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a diet to help reduce blood pressure. Choosing a diet is a "very individual thing", Heller noted, adding that you have to find a diet plan that works well for you. 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. Eating a diet that's mostly vegetarian while also allowing for an occasional burger or steak to satisfy a craving can help with weight management and improve overall health, Blatner says.

"On these types of diets, you often don't learn how to manage holidays, stressful days or special occasions".


Weight Watchers - now called WW - was fourth.

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. Accountability and personal interactions are also a big part of the WW success.

Another diet based on a healthy region of the world, the Mediterranean diet, holds the top overall spot this year for the first time in U.S. News and World Report's rankings. "It reinforces that everything we've been told about dieting and weight loss does remain true". Through our engaging digital experience and face-to-face group workshops, members follow our livable and sustainable program that encompasses healthy eating, physical activity, and a positive mindset.


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