The Mediterranean diet was recently deemed the best overall diet after 35 eating plans were evaluated by US News and World Report. It was given an overall score of 4.2 out of 5 based on expert reviews in the categories of short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, ease of following, and healthiness. Most notably however, it was given a 4.8 in terms of how healthy the diet plan is. The Keto diet, on the other hand, was voted #34 out of 35 in best overall diets.
In this review, a panel of nationally recognized diet experts working in nutrition, food psychology, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes ranked 35 popular diets like Weight Watchers, DASH, and the Mediterranean diet. The plans were divided into categories, ranked based on their pros and cons, and the results showed that the Mediterranean diet passed every single category with flying colours.
Specifically, the Mediterranean Diet was ranked:
#1 in Best Diets Overall
#1 in Best Plant-Based Diets
#2 in Best Heart-Healthy Diets
#1 in Best Diabetes Diets
#1 in Best Diets for Healthy Eating
#1 in Easiest Diets to Follow
There are several reasons that the Mediterranean diet is ranked so highly. Most notably, it is a healthy eating plan that doesn’t require any calorie counting. This factor draws many people to the food plan because it allows them to eat what they want and feel good about it. But, it also means that you can tailor the diet to your goals.
The diet is extremely healthy because it emphasizes eating fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, nuts, legumes, herbs, spices, and olive oil. Then, eggs, poultry, yogurt and cheese are consumed in moderation. Further, a glass of red wine with dinner is also encouraged by some nutrition experts because of the high levels of antioxidants.
The Mediterranean Diet is a high fat diet with lots of herbs and spices creating a way of eating that can easily be followed for the long term.
A final reason that the Mediterranean diet is so popular is because of the weight loss potential. One study found that when overweight individuals were put on a modified low-grain Mediterranean diet, they lost 22 pounds, on average.
The Mediterranean diet is great for those who love food, and want to stay healthy while actively reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease.