The best overall diet in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report annual rankings is the perennial favorite - the Mediterranean diet, which focuses on produce, especially berries, whole grains, nuts and other healthy fats like olive oil and fish - salmon being a nutrient-loaded favorite.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil and flavorful herbs and spices; fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; and poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The report also listed diets that are best for fast weight loss. In the latest rankings, the Mediterranean diet also took the titles of best diet for healthy eating, diabetes and heart health, the easiest diet to follow and the best plant-based diet.
This year a panel of 23 experts scored 41 diets based on summaries of each diet from U.S. News and recent research.More news: Russian arrested in Northern Mariana Islands, accused of unlicensed defense exports
Meanwhile, the Nordic diet - a plant-focused plan that borrows from the Scandinavian tradition - made its first appearance on the list, at number nine. Other diets at the bottom of the list included the Dukan diet, the Body Reset Diet and the Whole30 diet.
Developed by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the DASH diet focuses on reducing high blood pressure with low-sodium foods, which include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins. It also limits red meat, salt, and candies.
The flexitarian diet encourages people to try alternative meat options, like tofu, but leaves room for flexibility if you can't quite fully give up meat.
For many, the start of the new year signals the start of a new diet. Eating a diet that's mostly vegetarian while also allowing for an occasional burger or steak to satisfy a craving can help with weight management and improve overall health, Blatner says.More news: Girl Scouts Just Debuted A Brand New Cookie & It Sounds So Good
In third place, is something new called the Flexitarian Diet.
The plan focuses on fruit, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein and low-fat dairy and eliminates foods high in fat and sugar-sweetened drinks and candies, according to U.S. News and World Report. In fact, one study found the diet may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 53 percent.More news: Bolton To Travel To Turkey, Israel To Discuss Syria, Iran