While meat isn't seen too often in Mediterranean diet meals, fish is a staple, taking advantage of the healthy fats like omega-3's. It's hard to know for sure, but recently, a panel of health experts debated the topic for U.S. News and ranked 41 different diets.
Third for quick weight loss was the keto diet - very low-carb, high-fat. It also had to be proven to help prevent heart disease and diabetes. U.S. News & World Report rolled out its list of the best diets of 2019, and the Mediterranean diet took the top spot. It was also named best diabetes diet, best diet for healthy eating, best plant-based diet, best heart-healthy diet, and easiest diet to follow. In fact, one recent study published in British Journal of Nutrition found adhering to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a 25 percent lower chance of death from any cause. It also limits red meat, salt, and candies.
The Mediterranean diet has been linked to increased longevity and a decreased risk of chronic illnesses, the report said.
Flexitarian is a marriage of the words "flexible" and "vegetarian".
For many, the start of the new year signals the start of a new diet.
2018 brought us many wellness fads, including the keto and carnivore diets, intermittent fasting, carb cycling and more. The DASH diet had been ranked as the No. 1 overall diet by U.S. News and World Report for the previous eight consecutive rankings.
The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish.
Weight Watchers - now called WW - was fourth.
Doctors say healthy weight loss is just one to two pounds per week.
The WW Freestyle program was launched in 2017 and builds off the company's signature SmartPoints system, which assigns every food and beverage a point value, based on its nutrition.