Best Diet 2019

Best Diet 2019 Ranking

Best Diet 2019 Ranking

You may be familiar with U.S. News & World Report’s annual diet review and ranking.  To be rated at the top, a diet has to "be safe, relatively easy to follow, nutritious and effective for weight loss." It also has to be proven to help prevent heart disease and diabetes.

The diets are ranked by an expert panel of nationally recognized experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease. They rate each diet in the following categories: how easy it is to follow, its ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss, its nutritional completeness, its safety and its potential for preventing and managing diabetes and heart disease.

For 8 consecutive years, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) has ranked #1 on U.S. News’ list. In 2019, the Mediterranean diet has taken over that top ranking by a slim margin and the DASH diet has moved to #2.

What you may not be familiar with, is that Healthy For Life Meals combines the best of the best, very closely following the guidelines of both the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet!

The Mayo Clinic breaks down the details of both of these highly effective diets:

Mediterranean diet

“The Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nut and seeds, and healthy fats.  It is primarily plant based, not meat based.  Protein sources include fish, poultry, beans and eggs, moderate portions of dairy products, and limited red meat.”

Read the complete Mayo Clinic overview here

DASH diet

“The DASH diet encourages you to reduce the sodium in your diet and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. It includes lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. The DASH diet also includes some fish, poultry and legumes, and encourages a small amount of nuts and seeds a few times a week.  You can eat red meat, sweets and fats in small amounts. The DASH diet is low in saturated fat, trans fat and total fat.”

Read the complete Mayo Clinic overview here

Since 2002, Healthy For Life Meals has made it our mission to use these nutrition guidelines that result from decades of science and research to create healthy, fresh meal plans that truly provide our clients results in weight loss, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, protecting against or controlling type 2 diabetes, preventing heart disease, and more.

There’s no question that following these dietary guidelines consistently can and does have a huge impact on health. There’s also no question that it takes a lot of time, research, planning, prepping and discipline to be consistent in doing this. That’s where Healthy For Life Meals comes in.

Choose our 1200 calorie, 1500 calorie (vegetarian) or 2000 calorie per day meal service for pickup or delivery. Our team of culinary and nutrition professionals will do the work to ensure you’re getting the benefits of these top-ranked diet plans.

Creating  complete, chef-prepared meal plans that closely follow the principles of both the DASH and the Mediterranean diet is our forte’, and we’re proud to check the boxes that define our meal plan as the Best Diet for 2019!

Stef Keegan