What is the best diet for 2020?
Diets that rank high in U.S. News & World Report’s list focus on including foods, rather than excluding them, and add extra health benefits.
By Meghan Holohan
It’s tempting to try the latest diet fad to lose weight, but it turns out sticking with the basics remains the best way for a healthier 2020.
For the third year in a row, the Mediterranean diet is the No. 1 overall diet according to U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Diets. It also ranked highly in several other categories, including easiest diets to follow, best diets for healthy eating, best diets for diabetes and best plant-based diets.
“There are really no surprises,” Angela Haupt, managing editor of health at U.S. News & World Report told, TODAY. “We can fully expect that the same diets that perform well traditionally to perform well again this year and those are the diets that are safe, sensible, backed by sound science.”
When it comes to best overall diets, the Flexitarian and DASH diets tied for second. DASH — which was developed by the National Institutes of Health to lower blood pressure — had ranked in the top spot in previous years because of its focus on vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.