"We are honored, but not surprised, by the Best Diets recognition from U.S. News and World Report", said Mindy Grossman, President and Chief Executive Officer at WW. It consists of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats like those found in olive oil and fatty fish like salmon and sardines, and nuts and seeds.
The concept of the Mediterranean diet comes from the countries that border the Mediterranean sea, where people historically ate mainly produce, nuts, and healthy fats. It also won best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best diet for diabetes, best heart-healthy diet, and best plant-based diet, so it's really an all-around victor. This year a panel of 23 experts scored 41 diets based on summaries of each diet from U.S. News and recent research.
Many people are ditching the cookies and candies in the new year because it's diet season. It also ranked No. 1 in a few category rankings, including best heart-healthy diet and best plant-based diet.
The DASH diet, made up of low-sodium and healthful foods, was originally started by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) as a diet to help reduce blood pressure.
To that end, she said the top three diets are all similar in their food content, and all can be healthy eating regimens.
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The NHLBI publishes free guides on the plan so you can see if it is right for you.
"You really want something to be a lifestyle change so that you can handle it if you have kids or you live alone and I think this one really checks all those boxes", registered dietitian Amy Peick says.
Those zero point foods include vegetables and fruits, beans, yogurt and even chicken.
Red meat and sugary foods are very limited, but adding red wine is alright in moderation.
The program, which is backed by Oprah Winfrey and recently signed on Kate Hudson as an ambassador, rebranded in 2018 with a new name, WW, and a focus on wellness.
WW offers its members support online and is well-known for its in-person group meetings.