She says the Mediterranean Diet is based on the cuisine of the Mediterranean region, which includes lean proteins such as fish and beans, as well as healthy fats, whole grains and a large amount of plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables and legumes. But according to new data released by U.S. News and World Report, one regimen reigns superior.
We are just two days into 2019, but already the best diet of the year has been named.
"On these types of diets, you often don't learn how to manage holidays, stressful days or special occasions".
The Mediterranean Diet won out, because judges felt it was effective, affordable and easy to stick with.
Research has shown that people in Mediterranean countries tend to live longer and have lower instances of cancer and cardiovascular disease, compared to other populations around the world. It's more flexible than fully vegetarian or vegan diets.
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Other diets at the bottom of the list included the Dukan diet, the Body Reset Diet and the Whole30 diet.
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.
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 ranked in the top five for best diets overall and also obtained the No. 1 rankings for Best Commercial Diet and Best Weight Loss Diet for 2019.
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.