Before you pick a 2018 diet plan, read this.U.S. News & World Report gathered a panel of experts to rank the popular diets out there anddetermined that the Mediterranean Diet is No. 1 in its Best Overall Diet category.The DASH diet tied for the top spot. The aim of this diet is preventing and lowering high bloodpressure (hypertension). The claim to fame is a healthy eating pattern is key to deflating highblood pressure – and it may not hurt your waistline, either.The theory behind the science is nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein and fiber are crucialto fending off or fighting high blood pressure. You don’t have to track each one, just emphasizethe foods you’ve always been told to eat (fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fatdairy), while limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy foodsand tropical oils, and sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets according to health.usnews.com.Top it all off by cutting back on salt, and voila!“The best diets are easy to follow, nutritious, safe and effective for weight loss and preventingdiabetes and heart disease,” the report noted.Which diet came in last? The Keto Diet, with experts noting that a low-carbohydrate diet can betoo extreme and so difficult to maintain for a longer period of time. You will see results from it,that much is true, but you might lose those results if you are unable to continue the lifestyle for along period of time.The Keto diet has its roots in the decades-old therapeutic ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet wasused most notably to reduce hard-to-control seizures in children. Studies also suggest possiblebenefits in other brain conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.Recently, the diet was introduced as a weight-loss diet by an Italian professor of surgery, Dr.Gianfranco Cappello of Sapienza University in Rome. In his 2012 study, about 19,000 dietersreceived a high-fat liquid diet via a feeding tube inserted down the nose. The study showed anaverage weight loss of more than 20 pounds in participants, most of whom kept it off for at leasta year. The researchers reported a few minor side effects, like fatigue.Today, several versions of the Keto diet (using real food) are detailed in books, blogs andFacebook posts. The common thread is choosing high-fat foods coupled with very low dailycarbs. Guidebooks include “The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners” by Amy Ramos and“The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet” by Leanne Vogel.