As we near summer the heat turns up on diets and recipes that can help us slim down for the beach. Here we take a look at the Mediterranean Diet and how following these recipes can help you obtain your goal of becoming fit.
There are a lot of fad diets that come and go just as quickly as the seasons change. The truth of any diet is how well it stands up against the test of time. With the Mediterranean Diet there is a depth of history that shows many benefits to our health and it is widely seen not only in the regions in which it is most popular but in the many studies that have followed over the years.
HISTORY OF MEDITERRANEAN DIET
This diet is based on the nutritional patterns found in areas like Spain, Italy and Greece. Though one might think this includes a visit to an all you can eat pasta restaurant, it does not. This is a bit more restricted than the whole of recipes used within the region and therefor more effective in a positive way on weight loss and heart health. Maybe save the pasta for a cheat meal.
The Mediterranean Diet is predominantly healthy because of the priority placed on plant foods, fresh fruit, moderate consumption of fish, poultry and red meat, as well as a healthy monounsaturated fat. In fact this fat is the key to a healthy heart and weight loss. For some this might be confusing. The whole idea is that your body needs fat to burn for energy which is why it stores it. There are many kinds of fats that your body could burn or store, and MUFA’s (monounsaturated fats) burn a lot quicker and more efficiently than saturated fats. Get enough MUFA’s and your body will be tricked into believing it does not need to store fat for later. For a more in depth view at how dietary fats can help you lose weight click here!
BENEFITS OF MEDITERRANEAN DIET
So many studies have been done on variations of diet that it can almost make your head spin. Although the best evidence of how nutrition focused highly in plant based foods can decrease our mortality has been brought to our attention by studying the Mediterranean Diet.
Here are some of the benefits that come with the Mediterranean Diet
- Reduction in risk of cancer and heart disease
- Protects against type 2 diabetes
- Declined risk of Alzheimers and Parkinson’s Disease
- Reduction in fat
KEY INGREDIENTS OF MEDITERRANEAN DIET
- Fruits and Vegetables 6-12 servings per day
- Grain Products: 4-6 servings per day
- Beans and legumes: 4-6 servings per day
- Milk and Alternatives: 1-3 servings per day
- Meat and Alternatives: 1-2 servings per day
- Other: One glass of red wine (optional)
- Monounsaturated fats: Olive Oil, Avocado, Dark Chocolate and other MUFA’s with every meal (only a little)
I hope you found this article on Mediterranean Diet Review helpful.
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