The best overall diets for 2019

Ebony Scott
January 5, 2019

And no, unfortunately, there is still no magic fix for losing weight, but there are certain diets that have been shown to be more successful.

If getting healthy is one of your top New Year's resolutions, it may be time to rethink your eating habits.

To follow the Mediterranean diet, one must eat a mostly plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

"I hope these rankings steer people in the direction of doing something healthful", said nutritionist Samantha Heller of NYU Langone Health in New York City. While fad diets will come and go, there are some tried-and true healthy eating plans that can help get you on the right track.

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to increased longevity and a decreased risk of chronic illnesses, the report said.

The ketogenic, or keto, diet, which focuses on high-fat, low carbohydrate eating, jumped 11 spots to tie for the No. 2 ranking for Best Fast Weight Loss, showing the diet works for weight loss but may not be sustainable or healthy, according to Haupt.

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

WW also retained the #2 spot for "Easiest to Follow" diet, which speaks to the livability of the program. 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. "It reinforces that everything we've been told about dieting and weight loss does remain true".

The MIND Diet combines many elements of two other popular nutrition plans which have been proven to benefit heart health: the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. Additionally, WW retained the #4 spot for "Best Diet Overall". Choosing a diet is a "very individual thing", Heller noted, adding that you have to find a diet plan that works well for you.

WW's new global integrated campaign, "For Every Body", which launched on December 26, is based on the insight that everyone has their own reason to get healthy and what makes the most meaningful impact along the journey is everything you gain.

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