Mediterranean diet - the best for 2019

Every year, US News and World Report ranks the best diets. A panel of nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, heart health, and weight loss reviewed 41 diet and the Mediterranean diet came out on top.

It also ranked No. 1 in a few category rankings, including best heart-healthy diet and best plant-based diet.

  1. Mediterranean Diet - #1 in Best Diets Overall
    4.2/5 Overall Score 3.0/5 Weight Loss 4.9/5 Healthy

  2. DASH Diet
    4.1/5 Overall Score 3.1/5 Weight Loss 4.8/5 Healthy

  3. The Flexitarian Diet
    4.0/5 Overall Score 3.4/5 Weight Loss 4.7/5 Healthy

  4. MIND Diet
    3.9/5 Overall Score 2.8/5 Weight Loss 4.6/5 Healthy

  5. WW (Weight Watchers) Diet
    3.9/5 Overall Score 3.7/5 Weight Loss 4.5/5 Healthy

  6. Mayo Clinic Diet

  7. Volumetrics Diet

  8. TLC Diet

  9. Nordic Diet

  10. Ornish Diet

  11. The Fertility Diet

  12. Jenny Craig Diet

  13. Vegetarian Diet

What is a Mediterranean Diet?

There really isn't such a thing as "a" Mediterranean diet. The various countries bordering the Mediterranean have a variety of eating habits. Greeks eat differently from Italians, who eat differently from the French and Spanish. But it is generally accepted that the folks in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and have lower cancer rates and cardiovascular disease than Americans. The key seems to be:

  • An active lifestyle

  • Weight control

  • A diet low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in produce and nuts

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