Best Diet of 2019? Dieticians choose Mediterranean

Best Diet of 2019? Dieticians choose Mediterranean

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. In a nutshell, eating under these guidelines could help you live a longer and healthier life.

Here are the other diets that topped the list.

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 DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was created to help manage blood pressure, but experts say it has many overall health benefits, helping it nab the number 2 spot on the best overall diets list.

Here's a closer look at the highest-ranking diets overall.

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.

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The DASH diet was second - that's Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It also limits red meat, salt, and candies.

Also recommending a diet rich in produce, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and seafood.

Designed by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the aptly named MIND diet was developed specifically for brain health.

The Dukan Diet, which promotes a strict, high-protein way of eating, took last place for 2019. In fact, one study found the diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent.

Among the diet's requirements is eating three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable daily, as well as a single glass of wine if desired.

Unlike highly restrictive diets like the keto diet or the Atkins diet, the Mediterranean diet is balanced and allows people to eat a wide variety of foods in moderation. The plan also involves in-person meetings or online chats created to support those in the program and keep them accountable.

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