As every year, US News & World Report assembled a panel of nutrition experts to rank the healthiest diets for 2023. Long-term viability, ingredient availability, weight loss potential, disease prevention: no criteria escaped them.
The big winner for 2023 is (drum roll) the Mediterranean diet. Named the healthiest way to eat for the sixth time in a row, this isn’t his first attempt. Vegetables, olive oil, fish and shellfish, whole grains, beans: all conditions are met to maintain a balanced diet and prevent cardiovascular disease. Insider reports that the presence of many plant-based foods and healthy fats gives it this first place. But while the Mediterranean diet can help with long-term weight loss, don’t count on it to appear lighter on the scale. Without imposing an amount of food to be consumed or specific meal plans, this diet ranks at the bottom of the rankings for rapid weight loss.
Not far behind is the regime “Dietary Methods to Stop Hypertension” (DASH). As the name suggests, it is to reduce high blood pressure. To achieve this, this diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy products rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. The aim is to reduce the consumption of saturated fat. Fatty meat, tropical oils and sugary drinks must therefore be avoided.
Finishing on the third step of the podium, the flexitarian diet deserves nothing. Its name, derived from the blend of the word flexible and vegetarian, says a lot about its principles: you don’t have to completely eliminate meat from your diet to enjoy the health benefits associated with vegetarianism. On the contrary, the flexitarian diet is to banish animal meat most of the time, but is not against a good steak once in a while. Weight loss, reduction in the number of cardiovascular diseases, respect for the environment: this diet plan acquires the benefits of vegetarianism.
Bottom of the rankings
Unlike other years, it is not the ketogenic diet that we find at the bottom of the ranking, but the raw food diet. This diet has not been a big hit with the experts. And for good reason, it only includes raw foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, sprouted beans, and sometimes animal products such as raw fish or processed dairy products. Considered restrictive and without real health benefits, the raw food diet is therefore relegated to the last position in the ranking.
By the 23e place, just above, the SlimFast power supply didn’t convince the specialists either. Based on a balanced meal, two meal replacements including protein shakes, smoothies and cereal bars and three snacks a day, it was considered too monotonous and risky for some people. However, this method is radical if your goal is to lose weight.
Not far ahead, at 10 p.me instead is the Optavia diet. Relatively similar to the previous one, it is essentially based on prepackaged foods. Each day you must respect a certain number of meals, mainly low carbohydrate. It is also requested to eat oily fish twice a week to avoid deficiency of essential fatty acids. However, this is not enough, as experts believe that this diet is not nutritious enough.