Nordic diet makes its way on best diets for 2019 list

These Are the 5 Best Diets for 2019, According to Experts

These Are the 5 Best Diets for 2019, According to Experts

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.

Rich in low-starch vegetables, fruit, healthy fats (mostly from olives and olive oil), nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and fish, the Mediterranean diet eschews simple sugars and refined starches and is low in red meat. The diet has always been linked to many health benefits, including lower risks of cancer and heart disease, better kidney health and a healthier gut.

Research has shown the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and may have numerous other health benefits, including reduction of LDL, or "bad", cholesterol, as well as a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and cancer.

Meanwhile, the Nordic diet - a plant-focused plan that borrows from the Scandinavian tradition - made its first appearance on the list, at number nine. "It reinforces that everything we've been told about dieting and weight loss does remain true".

"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. You can occasionally add eggs, chicken or fish.

The Mediterranean Diet won out, because judges felt it was effective, affordable and easy to stick with. It also limits red meat, salt, and candies.

If you're gearing up to eat healthier this year, consider including whole grains, seafood, and healthy fats in your diet.

Lifestyle diets, such as the Mayo Clinic diet and MIND diet, are healthier and more sustainable than weight-loss plans such as the Ketogenic or Atkins diet are, the panelists concluded.

The plan focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy and eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and candies, according to U.S. News and World Report.

"I wish though, that we weren't so obsessed with weight loss and diets, per se".

Doctors say healthy weight loss is just one to two pounds per week. 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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