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Mediterranean Diet

Lose weight by eating food rich in flavor.

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No one is perfect, and neither are most diets. Doctors, nutritionists and even consumers always have something critical to say about the trendiest diets on the scene. But there is one diet that has remained untouched. The Mediterranean Diet is championed throughout the diet industry.

The idea is nothing new. In fact, the Mediterranean Diet dates back centuries. Studies have shown benefits of weight loss and reduced likelihood to develop heart disease.

The most important aspect of this “diet,” is that it’s a model for how to eat healthy, lifelong. Foods rich in essential fats and nutrients are at the cornerstone of any healthy diet. It just so happens that the eating style of the Mediterranean Diet includes such habits, as it includes food like fish, nuts, and olive oil.

PRO
  • Studies show that the diet is great for promoting heart health.
  • Allows for moderate alcohol consumption
  • Subjects who followed the diet for 5 years in a trial saw a 30 percent decrease in the development of cardiac disease such as stroke and heart attacks.

  • This diet has been proven to aid in issues like fertility, Alzheimer’s, longevity, lower cholesterol, and diabetes. This was revealed in a New England Journal of Medicine in 2013.

  • The diet does not require branded food. All items can be found in the grocery store.

  • The diet is not a program, it’s a lifestyle that can be easily sustained long term.

CON
  • May not be great for anyone allergic to shellfish.
  • Weight Loss will only occur if the dieter watches their portion intake. Simply eating this way will not cause weight loss.
DIET and NUTRITION

The Mediterranean Diet is a plan created from the lifestyle of those who live surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Each country puts their own cultural spin on the diet, while the foundation is inherently the same.

The Mediterranean Diet focuses on eating fresh fruits and vegetable, whole grains, nuts, and healthy fats that contain essential omega-3s. Those are often found from sources like fish, olive oil, and avocado. Wine is an acceptable element in this diet, as long as it’s limited to one serving a day. Foods like beef, dairy, red meat, and especially processed foods are limited and nearly avoided in this plan.

Examples of meals may include nut-crusted baked fish, baked salmon with couscous, green salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and dried fruit. These are just basic ideas of the flavorful recipes you can eat on the Mediterranean Diet.

The Mediterranean Diet even comes with its own version of the Food Pyramid to help dieters balance their meals. The pyramid breaks down foods that should be eaten daily, weekly and monthly. Unlike the Food Pyramid that we're all familiar with, the Mediterranean Diet's has a recommendation for exercise.

EXERCISE

Exercise is a part of the Mediterranean Food Pyramid.

CONCLUSION

The studies speaks for their selves, the Mediterranean Diet is a very healthy style of eating. The types of foods recommended in this diet are rich in heart healthy ingredients and could help one live a healthy lifestyle. Many of the items like olive oil, nuts, and avocados are very high calorie foods and dieters need to pay attention to their portions. This diet is more of a lifestyle, not a weight loss plan. The results from eating this way could have lifelong effects that will yield a very positive outcome later in life. Not to mention, the foods are delicious and among the tastiest found on earth.

Common Misspellings

Mediteranean Diet, Mediterranion Diet, Meditaranean Diet, Mediterranean Deit


Related Diets: Red Wine Diet, Saint-Tropez Diet, The Advanced Mediterranean Diet, The New Sonoma Diet, Mediterranean Meals, French Women Don't Get Fat


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zach

best diet ever food is great i lost 46 pounds

posted Oct 29th, 2008 2:04 pm


Steve Parker, M.D.

Just eating Mediterranean-style will not lead to weight loss for those who are overweight. For weight loss, you need a mechanism for reducing caloric intake. Three books that do this are 1) The Advanced Mediterranean Diet (by me), 2) The Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Gutterson, and 3) YOU - on a Diet, by Roizen and Oz (not recommended for men).

posted May 16th, 2008 5:22 pm


Brian

Mike makes a good point. Its not about how fast the weight is lost, but what comprises the weight. If a product ever claims that you can, say, lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks, you gotta put up the red flag. If you do happen to lose that much, most of it will be water and muscle, not body fat. A healthy weight loss is 1 - 2 lbs a week.

posted May 15th, 2008 4:46 pm


mike

Please don't yell. Or be an idiot: you can lose a healthy amount and achieve a healthy equilibrium on this diet. Losing more than a healthy amount -- as in, losing the *most possible weight* in a month -- is unhealthy and therefore undesirable.

posted Apr 13th, 2008 9:42 pm


Anonymous

HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN YOU LOSE IN A MONTH ?


MelanieBoyer

I agree, the Food Pyramid from the Mediterranean diet was a total eye opener in terms of what foods we should be eating, and a girl has to love that wine is included. I also am now addicted to hummus. Does anyone have any recipes they could share?


Meredith

If you have already made your way through the recipes on the Mediterranean Diet's website, I just discovered recipes here on diets in review, might have some fresh ideas for you to try out.


Susan

I have had great success with my husband on the mediterranean diet. We enjoy checking out recipes for dinner. The revised pyramid has also been great for our learning, makes more sense to me then the standard pyramid.


WendyM63

I love the mediterranean diet. With my strong like for fish, hummus and don't forget about the wine, this doesn't ever feel like a diet, but more a fabulous lifestlye. Anyhone else have as much luck?



   
 

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