Does Mediterranean Diet work?

People of Mediterranean countries like Greece and Italy have healthy hearts and low rate of cardiovascular disease which is because of the Mediterranean eating pattern.

What is Mediterranean Diet?

The focus is on intake of fresh homemade meals consisting of: whole grain breads and pasta, fish instead of red meat, grilled and steamed food instead of fried, beans and soybeans, non fat or low fat dairy products and use of olive oil which contains monounsaturated fat.  It encourages whole grains, fruits and vegetables that provide fiber, and fiber improves motility and satiety. Refined sugars and high calorie processed foods are prohibited.

Ancel Keys, a nutrition expert, writes that the “heart of the diet is that it’s mainly vegetarian, includes far less meat and dairy than American and Northern European diets, and uses fruit for dessert” (Harvard Health Letter, 2008).

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Does it work?

Mediterranean diet works because it is not considered a strict diet but more like a lifestyle modification and the person can enjoy different variety of foods.

Is Weight-loss likely?

This is not a low carbohydrate or a low protein diet. It is a balance of nutrients to ensure health, weight loss and satisfaction because there is no elimination of major food groups but only saturated fat, trans fat and processed foods are discouraged.

I am only eating 2 meals a day! Why can’t I lose weight?

This is a very common question and the most tried effort for weight loss. Sadly, it’s not always successful.  Why? Because you deprive your body of fuel supply that it needs in between these two meals. When it doesn’t get the fuel your body starts conserving and saving energy.Our body thinks “Who knows when I am going to get fuel (food) again? So let’s start conserving”

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Here is how Dr. Brian Wansink, the author of Mindless Eating, puts it “Our body’s metabolism is efficient. When it  has plenty of food to burn, it turns up the furnace and burns our fat reserves faster. When it has less food to burn, it turns down the furnace and burns it more slowly…Our bodies fight against deprivation”

Research shows: “Women who reported skipping meals lost almost 8 fewer pounds than women who did not”

How do I lose weigh then? You and I don’t need to cut out any food groups from our diet and we definitely don’t need to starve ourselves. Eat in moderation cutting out 200-300 (no more than 500) calories a day and adding some physical activity. Our bodies won’t recognize these few calories missing from our diet. Over time, you will be able to fit into your “back when I was skinny” jeans that you still have in your closet!

Take it one step at a time – change one thing at a time!