The best overall diet in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report annual rankings is the perennial favorite - the Mediterranean diet, which focuses on produce, especially berries, whole grains, nuts and other healthy fats like olive oil and fish - salmon being a nutrient-loaded favorite.
It's based on lifestyles from countries along the mediterranean sea.
While no single diet is best for everyone, U.S. News' expert rankings are meant to promote the eating styles most likely to improve health and steer people away from misguided diet plans - like the last-place Dukan diet, a restrictive, high-protein system.
WW also retained the #2 spot for "Easiest to Follow" diet, which speaks to the livability of the program.
The diet could also help prevent cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's as well as breast cancer.
Some of the trendiest diets, like ketogenic and Whole30, again fell to the bottom of the overall diet rankings. For 2019, the Mediterranean diet took home the top award. Research also links the Mediterranean Diet to longer lifespans.
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.
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Flexitarian is a marriage of the words "flexible" and "vegetarian".
Judges voted on 41 diets and ranked them in nine categories, including Best for Weight Loss and Easiest to Follow. "You don't develop strategies for life", she said.
The Mediterranean diet came out on top.
Designed by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the aptly named MIND diet was developed specifically for brain health. In fact, the diet is safe for most people, including children and older people.
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.
Weight Watchers - now called WW - was fourth.
"Every year we have a new fad or trend or a flashy diet but that trickery doesn't amount to much and you don't need something that's excited or really even complicated", Haupt said. It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories.