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

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The Mediterranean diet got the top ranking in U.S. News' list. In a nutshell, eating under these guidelines could help you live a longer and healthier life.

To determine the best diets, a panel of nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, heart health, and weight loss reviewed 41 diets, including the increasingly popular ketogenic, or keto, diet, Weight Watchers, and Atkins.

For more information about the rankings, visit Best Diets 2019 []. Diets were ranked in eight categories.

Following a Mediterranean diet involves eating lots of plants, whole grains, healthy fats (such as olive oil) and lean proteins, and cutting back on processed foods, red meat and refined sugars.

In addition to lowering blood pressure, research suggests the DASH diet may help reduce the risk of diabetes and may also help fight depression.

Weight Watchers ranked in the top five for best diets overall and also obtained the No. 1 rankings for Best Commercial Diet and Best Weight Loss Diet for 2019.

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Designed by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the aptly named MIND diet was developed specifically for brain health.

For many, the start of the new year signals the start of a new diet.

In third place, is something new called the Flexitarian Diet.

Among the diet's requirements is eating three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable daily, as well as a single glass of wine if desired.

"Every year we have a new fad or trend or a flashy diet but that trickery doesn't amount to much and you don't need something that's excited or really even complicated", Haupt said. It assigns points aiming for nutritious foods with fewer calories. "It reinforces that everything we've been told about dieting and weight loss does remain true". The plan also involves in-person meetings or online chats created to support those in the program and keep them accountable.

Lack of scientific evidence for health benefits and severe restriction of foods - including certain healthy foods - were listed as reasons for low scores.