Top Diets of 2018 – The Mediterranean Diet


My name is Kelsey Thornton. I am the new Registered Dietitian at FAST Fitness & Sports Training. I am thrilled to take this opportunity to share my knowledge and credible sources to educate members about nutrition.

January is a dietitian’s busiest time. It is also known for diet talk and weight loss goals. I keep seeing articles about the “Top Diets of 2018” in the news. I am not one to promote diet mentality, but to address it and educate clients. I know January is a time where people are motivated and want to follow nutrition plans. So, if you are looking for a diet that is simple to follow you should look into the Mediterranean diet. According to the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Diets the Mediterranean Diet tied with the DASH diet for best overall diet. The research shows that the Mediterranean diet will help with weight loss and prevent chronic diseases. The Mediterranean diet is more of a well-balanced pattern of eating than a rigid meal plan. The diet includes: whole grains, vegetables, beans, nuts, olive oil, fish and smaller amounts of dairy and poultry. Other popular diets such as the keto diet and the Whole 30 were ranked lower in the 2018 review. These diets are popular and can work, but keep in mind popular doesn’t always mean healthy. When examining diets for ranking the experts look at easy to follow and diets that lead to long lasting health.

It’s important to keep in mind that not one diet is right for everyone. Remember the best diet is a lifestyle that can be adopted and sustained over time.

If you are needing some guidance in fueling for performance, weight loss, or just wanting to take charge of your health. Please sign up for nutrition counseling with me on the Nutrition Services page.

Any comments, questions or topic ideas are appreciated. I plan to do more Q&A for future blog posts. So please submit your questions! If you are interested in knowing more about the Mediterranean diet click on the link below: and-healthy- eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801


Kelsey Thornton, MS, RDN