This is the absolute best diet for 2019

Henrietta Brewer
January 5, 2019

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

"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. But according to new data released by U.S. News and World Report, one regimen reigns superior.

Following a Mediterranean diet involves eating lots of plants, whole grains, healthy fats (such as olive oil) and lean proteins, and cutting back on processed foods, red meat and refined sugars.

"I wish though, that we weren't so obsessed with weight loss and diets, per se".

Meanwhile, the Nordic diet - a plant-focused plan that borrows from the Scandinavian tradition - made its first appearance on the list, at number nine.

It's the Mediterranean diet-with a score of 4.2 out of 5 possible points-which probably doesn't come as a surprise to the nutrition-savvy among us.

The diet is associated with lower rates of diabetes and heart health.

Heller said that many people feel that they need to "kickstart" their weight loss for motivation.

But what eating plan is actually the healthiest? You can occasionally add eggs, chicken or fish. "You don't develop strategies for life", she said.

As far as the rest of the ranking goes, the DASH diet finished in second, followed by the flexitarian diet (eating mostly plant-based foods but meat and other animal products in moderation), the MIND diet (a mix between DASH and Mediterranean targeted toward brain health) and Weight Watchers. 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.

Third for quick weight loss was the keto diet - very low-carb, high-fat. Other diets at the bottom of the list included the Dukan diet, the Body Reset Diet and the Whole30 diet.

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