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Here are the best 10 diets of 2024, Mediterranean is No. 1 again

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U.S. News & World Report has released its annual Best Diets evaluation, ranking the Mediterranean diet No. 1 Best Diet Overall for the seventh consecutive year. Emphasizing a daily consumption of plant-based foods and healthy fats, the Mediterranean diet also placed No. 1 in six of 11 individual categories.

The No. 2 Best Overall Diet in 2024 is DASH diet, which health-conscious individuals are turning to fight high blood pressure and control diabetes. It has earned praise for its nutritional completeness and safety, At No. 3 is the MIND diet, which blends DASH and Mediterranean, and adds focus on foods that improve brain health.

In all, U.S. News ranked 30 diets, including six newcomers: the Vegan diet, Dukan diet, Herbalife Nutrition, HMR Program, Profile Plan and Plantstrong.

“Choosing a diet can be tough. Each person has unique health considerations and goals, and there are many diets out there to choose from — and it’s hard to know which ones will actually work best for you,” said Gretel Schueller, managing editor of health at U.S. News. “That’s why U.S. News does the legwork for its users, gathering input from nationally recognized medical and nutrition experts to determine which diets rise to the top for nutritional completeness, ease of following and promoting a healthy lifestyle for the long term.”

The top 10 overall diets, listed below, have several commonalities. Among them are replacing highly processed food with foods that are self-prepared and an emphasis on eating plant-based foods or fish

The 10 Best Overall Diets

No. 1 Mediterranean Diet
Characterized by an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and lean proteins, the Mediterranean diet is renowned for promoting heart health, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and fostering overall well-being.

No. 2 DASH Diet
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life.

No. 3 MIND Diet
The MIND diet mixes the Mediterranean and Dash diets (it stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) with a particular focus on foods in each that specifically improve brain health and potentially lower the risk of mental decline.

No. 4 Mayo Clinic Diet
With emphasis on the consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, the Mayo Clinic Diet has you recalibrate your eating habits by breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones, U.S. News notes.

No. 5 Flexitarian Diet
The flexitarian diet offers a less rigid approach than traditional vegetarianism, allowing individuals to enjoy health benefits without entirely eliminating meat from their lifestyle.

No. 6 WeightWatchers
WeightWatchers centers on achieving enduring weight loss by integrating behavior change, nutritional science, and communal support.

No. 7 Volumetrics Diet
The Volumetrics diet prioritizes eating nutrient-rich, low-calorie foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

No. 8 Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Based largely on the Mediterranean diet, this diet plan incorporates green tea and dark chocolate, advocating for a diverse range of fresh foods with a particular focus on fruits and vegetables.

No. 9 TLC Diet
The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet is a heart-healthy eating plan that calls for calls for eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, bread, cereals and lean meats. It emphasizes a reduction in saturated fat and cholesterol intake.

No. 10 Vegan Diet
A vegan diet excludes all animal-derived products, focusing solely on plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. It’s a healthy option, provided you are intentional about ensuring sufficient intake of specific nutrients, like calcium and B-12, according to U.S. News’ study.

Click here to see all of the diet rankings.

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