Best Diet of 2019? Dieticians choose Mediterranean

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For millions of people, changing eating habits for the better will near the top of the list of New Year's Resolution lists.

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to increased longevity and a decreased risk of chronic illnesses, the report said. While meat isn't seen too often in Mediterranean diet meals, fish is a staple, taking advantage of the healthy fats like omega-3's.

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

It's based on lifestyles from countries along the mediterranean sea. It was also named best diabetes diet, best diet for healthy eating, best plant-based diet, best heart-healthy diet, and easiest diet to follow.

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 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. 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.

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The DASH diet was second - that's Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.

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.

"The top diets promote eating the foods that we've been told to eat, like whole grains, fruits and veggies, and going easy on sugar and saturated fat", she added.

In third place, is something new called the Flexitarian Diet. It's more flexible than fully vegetarian or vegan diets.

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.

The program, which is backed by Oprah Winfrey and recently signed on Kate Hudson as an ambassador, rebranded in 2018 with a new name, WW, and a focus on wellness. It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories.

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