The Best Diets for 2019

How’s your 2019 diet coming? January is nearly over, and hopefully, you’re already feeling healthier and more energetic. Perhaps you’ve even seen the numbers on the scale drop a bit.

 

But if not, maybe it’s time to try a new eating plan—one that not only helps you lose weight but also improves your overall health. We suggest you check out the 2019 U.S. News Best Diets Rankings. U.S. News calls on a panel of nationally recognized experts each year to rate a new selection of healthy and effective eating plans for categories such as “Best Weight-Loss Diets,” “Best Diabetes Diets,” and “Easiest Diets to Follow.”

 

We’ve summarized the top three 2019 U.S. News Best Diets Overall below to give you a few good ideas about how to boost your health this year.

 

#1 Mediterranean Diet

 

The Mediterranean Diet, of course, pulls inspiration from traditional Mediterranean food. People in this region typically eat very little sugar, red meat, and saturated fat and instead, maintain diets high in more nutritious foods like produce, and nuts. They also maintain active lifestyles, and as a result, tend to have long life-spans and suffer less from cancer and cardiovascular issues than Americans. This health plan may foster weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control.

 

#2 DASH Diet

 

DASH—Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—is designed to lower blood pressure. Those who follow it consume a lot of stereotypically healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat dairy, and they avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, like fatty meats, full-fat dairy foods, and tropical oils. This plan also includes a strict sodium restriction—2,300 milligrams per day at first. That limit later gets lowered to 1,500 milligrams.

 

#3 Flexitarian Diet

 

Followers of the Flexitarian Diet are vegetarians—mostly. They normally fill their plates with vegetables and fruit, but they don’t feel too bad about adding a chicken breast every once in a while. The plan relies on five food groups—“new meat” (like beans, peas, and eggs), fruits and veggies, whole grains, dairy, and sugars and spice. It also suggests calorie counts for each meal and offers easy recipes. Plus, it’s FLEXIBLE—so you can improve your health without the stress of harsh dietary rules.