U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice has released its annual assessment of the year’s Best Diets for 2019 and for the second consecutive year, the Mediterranean Diet ranks as the No. 1 Best Diet Overall as well as No. 1 for the Best Plant-Based Diet.

Not only did the Mediterranean diet win the overall prize and best plant based diet but it also won the top spot in these important categories, Best Diets For Healthy Eating, Best Diets for Diabetes, Best Heart-Healthy Diets.

To calculate the rankings, U.S. News convened an expert panel of the country’s top nutritionists, dietary consultants and physicians specializing in diabetes, heart health and weight loss. Through an in-depth survey, each panelist scored the 41 diets in seven areas, including ease of compliance, likelihood of losing significant weight in the short and long term, and effectiveness against cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“While the fundamentals of healthy eating remain constant year to year, new research and insights help continuously evolve best practices over time,” said expert panelist Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, and author of “The Truth about Food”. “The U.S. News Best Diets rankings rely on diverse expertise to respond to what’s new and diverting in nutrition, while highlighting healthy eating principles that are time honored, evidence-based, and reliable.”

The Mediterranean diet is really easy to follow if you are vegetarian or vegan. This diet is based upon a foundation of whole grains, vegetables, fruit and olive oil. The big difference with Northern European and North American diets is that meat, poultry, and fish are treated more as a side dish than the main dish and so are easy to leave out or replace.

Best Diets Overall

  1. Mediterranean Diet
  2. DASH Diet
  3. Flexitarian Diet

Best Diets For Healthy Eating

  1. Mediterranean Diet
  2. DASH Diet
  3. Flexitarian Diet

Easiest Diets to Follow

  1. Mediterranean Diet
  2. Flexitarian Diet (tie)
  3. WW (Weight Watchers) (tie)

Best Diets for Diabetes

  1. Mediterranean Diet
  2. DASH Diet (tie)
  3. Flexitarian Diet (tie)
  4. Mayo Clinic Diet (tie)
  5. Volumetrics (tie)

Best Heart-Healthy Diets

  1. Mediterranean Diet (tie)
  2. Ornish Diet (tie)
  3. DASH Diet

Best Plant-Based Diets

  1. Mediterranean Diet
  2. Flexitarian Diet
  3. Nordic Diet (tie)
  4. Ornish Diet (tie)

Read the full U.S. News & World Report Best Vegan Diet Report 2019