With each new year, many people are pledging to eat healthier or slim down to a healthier weight. Some diets are constantly ranked among the best diets to achieve these goals with a few occasional newcomers.
Many of these diets have been prepared by food and health experts taking into consideration a variety of measures. Some of these measures include how easy it is to follow the diet in question and the ability to help a person lose weight. Another important measure is the safety of the diet for the overall health.
When all this is taken into consideration, the diets can be scored to help determine the top diets. Aside from the best overall diet, the diets have also been ranked as the best diets for healthy eating, weight loss, etc.
The lowest ranking diets were the Dukan Diet and the Keto Diet, which shared the last place. The Keto Diet is based on slashing carbs and filling up on fats in order to help the body enter a state of “ketosis”. During this state, the body breaks down fats much faster. The Dukan Diet is heavy on rules and goes in stages, including a phase where a lot of proteins are eaten. These two diets have been rated as extremely hard to follow.
Here is our list of the best diets for this year:
Based on the eating habits of people living in Mediterranean countries, this meal plan is named Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Diet is high in fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fatty foods like fish, nuts and olive oil. This diet is also said to be linked to better health and longevity.
Designed to help people lower their high blood pressure, the DASH diet is characterized by a mix of lean protein and low-fat dairy. It also combines fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. People opting for this diet are advised to avoid saturated fat, sweets, sugary beverages, full-fat dairy and to eat less salt overall.
The term flexitarian is a blend of the words flexible and vegetarian. This diet encourages people to eat mostly vegetarian meals for better health but doesn’t require cutting out meat entirely.
This diet is especially popular and is promoted by many celebrities. Each food is given a certain number of points, and people are given a total number to aim for each day. Foods that are high in nutrients and are filling are awarded fewer points overall, while foods like sweets are high in points.
This diet is a mix of DASH and the Mediterranean diet and is supposed to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and help protect the brain. People on this diet are encouraged to eat from about 10 brain-healthy food groups. These food groups include nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, olive oil and wine. They are also advised to avoid foods from five food groups: butter and stick margarine, cheese, red meats, sweets and fried or fast food.