We Ranked The 5 Best Diets Of 2019
The 5 Best Diets Of 2019
As of this time of writing, we are just about
halfway through 2019.
That means that this is probably a good time
to stop and reflect on the new year’s resolutions;
specifically, I’m talking about our diets.
2019 saw many different forms of dieting rise
to prominence and popularity.
So how can you be sure that the diet you chose
is the right one?
Lucky for you, every year the US News and
World Report ranks the most popular diets
out there, both in terms of overall effectiveness
as well as how well they perform when it comes
to meeting specific criteria.
So how do the most popular diets stack up?
Well, the 2019 rankings include a total of
41 different popular diets, but in the interest
of time, we’re going to take a closer look
at the top 5 to see what makes them so useful.
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The Mayo Clinic Diet and the Volumetrics Diet
This year, two diets actually tied for fifth
place among the rankings.
The Mayo Clinic diet was developed by the
US hospital clinic of the same name and places
an emphasis on both exercise and regulating
the intake of certain foods based on nutritional
The volumetrics diet prioritizes foods which
contain a low energy desnity, such as fruits,
whole grains, low-fat dairy, beans and lean
Both diets are deemed safe and effective by
nutritional experts, so feel free to give
them a try.
The Weight Watchers Diet and The MIND Diet
In fourth place, we have a tie between the
MIND diet and the Weight Watchers Diet.
As the name implies, the MIND diet focuses
on a selection of foods that are deemed beneficial
when it comes to boosting brain health and
protect your mind against the onset of health
conditions that negatively impact the brain
as you get older, such as dementia.
Foods that can help keep your brain healthy
include berries, leafy vegetables, nuts, olive
oil, fish, poultry and beans.
The Weight Watchers diet is the diet plan
made popular by the Weight Watchers program,
an organization founded in 1963 by Jean Nidetch
and since made popular through celebrity endorsement
and hundreds of thousands of eager recruits
hoping to shed a few extra pounds.
The Weight Watchers diet operates on a point-based
system, assigning point values to certain
foods based on their nutritional content and
encouraging dieters to avoid exceeding their
daily point amount assigned to them based
on their individual needs.
According to nutritional experts, the Weight
Watchers diet is not only safe and easy to
follow, but also effective when it comes to
The Flexitarian Diet
Ranking number 3 in the top 5 list is the
The flexitarian diet is a specific type of
meal plan which places a strong focus on plant-based
Unlike a “true” vegetarian or vegan diet,
however, the flexitarian diet also allows
for meat and other animal products, albeit
The diet was invented by Dawn Jackson Blanter,
a dietician who sought to create a happy medium
for people who wanted to experience the health
benefits of a plant-based diet without having
to fully commit to vegetarianism or veganism.
In fact, the name “flexitarian” is actually
a combination of the words “flexible”
and “vegetarian” for this very reason!
According to research into the diet itself,
a predominantly plant-based meal plan is believed
to help people struggling with things such
as weight loss, heart disease, and diabetes,
and may even help to protect your body against
certain varieties of cancer.
For example, according to one study spanning
7 years and nearly 80 thousand participants,
people who took part in a semi-vegetarian
lifestyle were found to be 8 percent less
likely to develop colorectal cancer.
With this in mind, it would seem that the
flexitarian diet provides many of the benefits
associated with a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle,
while offering an option that is slightly
less committal for those of us will slightly
The DASH Diet
Sitting pretty in second place in the rankings
is the DASH diet.
DASH, in this case, is an acronym which stands
for “Dietary Approach to Stopping Hypertension”.
As the name implies, this diet is intended
to help people who struggle with hypertension
by reducing high blood pressure and lessening
the risk of heart disease.
It does this by prescribing a meal plan that
places a strong emphasis on fruits and vegetables,
as researchers discovered that people who
live on primarily plant-based diets are at
a significantly lower risk for developing
issues related to high blood pressure.
In addition to fruits and veggies, however,
the DASH diet also makes room for whole grains
and lean sources of protein such as poultry,
fish and legumes such as beans.
As for which foods to avoid, the DASH diet
suggests you steer clear of foods that can
negatively impact your blood pressure such
as red meat and salt, as well as processed
foods containing added sugars and fats.
It’s also worth mentioning that for the
last eight years’ worth of diet rankings,
the DASH diet has consistently come in the
That is, until this year.
So who’s the new up-and-comer that was able
to topple the DASH diet off its throne, you
Well as it turns out, the answer may surprise
The Mediterranean Diet
Inspired by the traditional cuisine of the
countries bordering the Mediterranean sea,
the aptly-named Mediterranean diet reigns
supreme as the number 1 diet for this year’s
According to the panel of dietary and nutrition
experts at US News, the Meditteranean Diet
was able to secure first place due to the
evidence suggesting the diet may help improve
longevity as well as stave off the onset of
For those not in the know, the Meditteranean
diet prescribes a greatly reduced intake of
foods such as red meat, saturated fat and
sugar, and instead focuses on foods such as
produce, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains,
According to panellist David Katz, MD, the
Meditteranean diet currently holds the number
1 spot not only because it’s been extensively
researched, but also because the plentiful
food options within the diet make it a viable
and versatile lifestyle option for the average
In addition to ranking in first place overall,
the Meditteranean diet also placed first for
other categories such as the Easiest Diet
to Follow, Best Diet for Healthy Living, and
Best Diet for Diabetes.
So, did your diet of choice place anywhere
in the top 5?
What are your thoughts on this list as a whole?
We’d love to hear your two cents, so let
us know in the comments section and help us
keep the conversation going.
Just try to remember that we here at Bestie
are not the ones who created this list of
the ranking system, so if you’re going to
yell at us because your favourite diet didn’t
make the cut, maybe take a moment and remember
not to shoot the messenger,