In its annual assessment, U.S. News & World Report has ranked more than 40 diet and eating plans. The best overall? For the second consecutive year: The Mediterranean Diet.
Approximately 45 million Americans embark on a diet each year as part of their quest for better health. In addition to its “best overall diet” rankings, the yearly report also includes rankings for:
- Best commercial diets (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutritarian)
- Best weight-loss diets (Weight Watchers, Volumetrics, flexitarian, Jenny Craig, vegan)
- Best diets for healthy eating (Mediterranean, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), flexitarian)
- Easiest diets to follow (Mediterranean, flexitarian, Weight Watchers)
- Best heart-healthy diets (Mediterranean, Ornish, DASH)
- Best diets for diabetes (Mediterranean, DASH, flexitarian, Mayo Clinic diet, Volumetrics)
- Best plant-based diets (Mediterranean, flexitarian, Nordic, Ornish)
Rounding out the top five overall diets this year are the DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) diet, the flexitarian diet (emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based protein), the MIND diet (a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diets, with the goal of reducing dementia and a decline in brain health that occurs with age), and Weight Watchers. In 2018, the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet tied for the top ranking.
Sourced from: U.S. News & World Report