The Mediterranean diet may offer a host of health benefits, including weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention and diabetes prevention and control, the report read. By following the Mediterranean diet, you could also keep that weight off while avoiding chronic disease.
Following closely behind were the DASH diet, designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure, and the flexitarian diet, a mostly vegetarian style of eating, which tied for second place.
The DASH diet, which received a weight-loss score of 3.2, a healthy score of 4.8 and an overall score of 4.1, is based on the foods youve always been told to eat, such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. These foods are all said to be high in blood-pressure-deflating nutrients, including potassium, calcium, protein and fibre.
Meanwhile, the flexitarian diet scored better on weight loss with 3.6, but slightly lower on health with 4.7. While this diet is primarily vegetarian, it does allow you to enjoy a beef burger every now and then when you have a craving, and is said to improve overall health by lowering the rate of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The WW (formerly Weight Watchers) diet nabbed fourth place, while the Mayo Clinic Diet, a style of eating that focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats; MIND, a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH diets; TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes), which aims to cut cholesterol; and Volumetrics, which focuses on low-calorie foods, all tied for fifth place.
Perhaps surprisingly for some, the keto diet didnt perform well, placing 37th on the list. The high-fat, low-carb diet, which is designed to help you lose weight fast, was criticised for placing too much emphasis on fat-rich foods, with one expert saying, this diet is fundamentally at odds with everything we know about long-term health.
The fast diet, which follows a low-calorie plan and includes periods of fasting, also failed to impress. Experts said its lack of guidance could result in poor food choices and overeating on non-fasting days.
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