Mediterranean retains its status as best overall diet
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The Mediterranean diet was ranked the best overall diet for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report, the company announced.

The Mediterranean diet features high intakes of cereals, extra-virgin olive oil, fruits, leafy green vegetables, nuts and pulses/legumes; moderate intakes of dairy products, red wine, fish and other meats; and low intakes of eggs and sweets, according to Nutrients. The eating plan also took the top spot for best plant-based diet and easiest-to-follow diet, and shared its No. 1 ranking in the best diets for healthy eating, diabetes and heart-healthy categories.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are compiled by a panel of 24 nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, cardiovascular health and weight loss. The panel considers 39 diets in seven areas, including easiness in following, chances of losing significant weight in both the short and long term and effectiveness against CVD and diabetes, according to a press release. Four new diets — the AIP diet, GAPS diet, Modified Keto diet and Noom diet — were added to the rankings this year. The best 2021 diets include:

Best overall diets

1. Mediterranean diet
2. DASH diet (tied)
2. Flexitarian diet (tied)

Best commercial diets

1. WW (Weight Watchers)
2. Mayo Clinic diet
3. Jenny Craig (tied)
3. Noom diet (tied)

Best weight-loss diets

1. Flexitarian Diet (tie)
1. WW (tie)
3. Vegan diet (tie)
3. Volumetrics (tie)

Best fast weight-loss diets

1. HMR diet
2. Atkins (tie)
2. WW (tie)

Best diets for healthy eating

1. DASH diet (tie)
1. Mediterranean diet (tie)
3. Flexitarian diet

Easiest diets to follow

1. Mediterranean diet
2. WW
3. Flexitarian diet

Best diets for diabetes

1. Flexitarian diet (tie)
1. Mediterranean diet (tie)
3. DASH diet (tie)
3. Mayo Clinic diet (tie)
3. Vegan diet (tie)

Best heart-healthy diets

1. DASH diet (tie)
1. Mediterranean diet (tie)
1. Ornish diet (tie)

Best plant-based diets

1. Mediterranean diet
2. Flexitarian diet
3. Nordic diet (tie)
3. Ornish diet (tie)
3. Vegetarian diet (tie)

Angela Haupt, managing editor of health at U.S. News & World Report, said that the rankings can help people decide which diet is right for them based on their health needs or weight goals.

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