For millions of people, changing eating habits for the better will near the top of the list of New Year's Resolution lists. It also won best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best diet for diabetes, best heart-healthy diet, and best plant-based diet, so it's really an all-around victor. "People are looking at what we can learn from them".
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.
"I think that diets that don't differentiate between healthy and unhealthy fats, over time are ultimately an unhealthy approach to losing weight", Heller said.
"These diets that are consistently top performers are scoring well, from nutrition to helpfulness, ease, ability to help prevent chronic conditions and more", Haupt said. The trendy ketogenic diet (also known as the keto diet), which is very high in fats but low in carbohydrates, moved up to the second-best plan for weight loss.
We are just two days into 2019, but already the best diet of the year has been named.
The magazine asked a panel of nutrition experts to review 41 diet plans.
The Dukan Diet, which promotes a strict, high-protein way of eating, took last place for 2019. The term was coined by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in her book "The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life". "One expert said it actually contradicts everything we know about long-term health".
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.
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.
The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish. In fact, the diet is safe for most people, including children and older people.
The "new meat" food group includes tofu, beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds and eggs, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Also recommending a diet rich in produce, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, and seafood.
That doesn't sound so bad, but why was it named the best of the bunch? It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories.