Mediterranean diet named No. 1 eating plan for 2019

Ebony Scott
January 5, 2019

The Mediterranean diet taking the top spot should come as no surprise.

Third for quick weight loss was the keto diet - very low-carb, high-fat.

Some of the trendiest diets, like ketogenic and Whole30, again fell to the bottom of the overall diet rankings.

The report also listed diets that are best for fast weight loss. In fact, one recent study published in British Journal of Nutrition found adhering to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a 25 percent lower chance of death from any cause. The DASH diet had been ranked as the No. 1 overall diet by U.S. News and World Report for the previous eight consecutive rankings.

While each diet has its own characteristics, they all share similarities in that there is little to no processed food, and a major emphasis is placed on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and minimal meat.

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.

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Flexitarian is a marriage of the words "flexible" and "vegetarian".

If you, like millions of other Americans, have resolved to lose weight this year you may want to consider this. U.S. News ranked it high on the list for being nutritionally complete, easy to follow, and providing long-term weight loss as well as heart health benefits.

Move over Keto diet, there's a new top diet in town this year. Thanks to science, times have certainly changed since your parents tried these old-school (though often misguided) diet tips.

The Weight Watchers diet tied for fourth place with the MIND diet.

The Mediterranean diet focuses on plant-based cooking, with meals consisting of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories. The new program expands dietary options.

WW offers its members support online and is well-known for its in-person group meetings.

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