Most of us start off the new year with good (albeit often unrealistic) intentions to eat better, get fitter and generally be healthier. But since there’s so much conflicting info out there (cheers Google,) it ain’t always easy to find a plan that works for you.
That’s where the annual U.S. News & World Report comes in handy - a list of the best and worst diets ranked in order of nutritional value, simplicity, safety, effectiveness for losing weight and preventing heart disease and diabetes.
For 2019, the Mediterranean diet came out on top while the DASH diet and the Flexitarian followed suit accordingly. (For the uneducated, the former is an eating pattern that promotes consumption of fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts and olive oil and fish, poultry, eggs, cheese and yoghurt in moderation.)
And while there’s no denying it sounds legit, as far as ‘the best diet’ title is concerned we’re calling bullsh*t.
Reason being? Diets – just like fitness regimes - are subjective. There’s no one-size-fits-all way to be healthy. You might thrive off keeping track of calories and despise doing cardio but your mate prefers counting macros and running ultra-marathons. As the old saying goes, ‘different strokes for different folks.’ Plus, the list doesn’t take into account contrasting body types, goals, lifestyle factors and dietary restrictions – all things that have a major impact on the outcome of said diet.
As for our advice? Take the news with a grain of salt. It’s all well and good to try the ‘best diet of 2019’ but don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t suit you.