Nordic diet makes its way on best diets for 2019 list


For the second year in a row, the Mediterranean diet was named the best diet in America by U.S. News & World Report.

The eating plan doesn't discourage drinking small amounts of alcohol - such as a glass of red wine for women and two glasses for men. Research also links the Mediterranean Diet to longer lifespans.

It is followed by the DASH Diet, which tied the with Mediterranean diet for the top spot past year.

If you're gearing up to eat healthier this year, consider including whole grains, seafood, and healthy fats in your diet.

Third for quick weight loss was the keto diet - very low-carb, high-fat. The term was coined by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in her book "The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life". It also limits red meat, salt, and candies. ".People want to come to Weight Watcher to lose weight, but the cream, or the cherry, or the whipped cream on top of the cake is that you're going to get healthy."(Learn more about the WWJ program here).

Experts ranked the diet poorly in heart-health, ease of use, and overall impact on health. What they found is that there's one that stands out above the rest for being easy to follow, safe, nutritious, effective for weight loss, and great for preventing lifestyle-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

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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.

And no, unfortunately, there is still no magic fix for losing weight, but there are certain diets that have been shown to be more successful.

The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish.

The WW Freestyle program was launched in 2017 and builds off the company's signature SmartPoints system, which assigns every food and beverage a point value, based on its nutrition.

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