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The Mediterranean Diet

Posted Feb 23 2009 11:32pm

                  

 

branzini The Mediterranean Diet has become one of the best solutions for weight loss and overall health improvement. This diet works based on the style of cooking often found in the Mediterranean countries. One of the key benefits of this diet is that it is a very heart healthy option, which can enable some individuals not only to lose weight, but also to lower their risk for heart disease.

What Is It?

The Mediterranean Diet offers a combination of healthy foods. It includes a lot of fruits, vegetables and healthy grains. This includes pastas and rice, as typically consumed in Greece or Italy. The benefit here is that this diet gives you a lower level of LDL cholesterol, the bad type of cholesterol that clogs arteries. In addition, a key component to this diet is the added healthy fats. In particular, those foods with monounsaturated fats like olive oil and nuts are included. Fish is another main component of the diet because it offers a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Yet another component of the Mediterranean Diet is wine. This is because a small glass of wine after a mean aids in improving the heart’s function by reducing the blood’s ability to clot. It is also rich in antioxidants which literally clean out the arteries. The diet encourages no more than five ounces for women.

 

Can The Mediterranean Diet Work?

The Mediterranean Diet has the potential of enabling you to lose weight and improve your overall health. When following the diet, you’ll see improvements in a healthy way. The diet incorporates all food groups and is very similar to the diet suggested by the American Heart Association.

Tips On How To Follow The Diet

In order to see any benefits of this diet, it’s very important to follow its guidelines properly.

  • Butter is used sparingly and only low fat and cholesterol free versions without Trans fats can be consumed.
  • Olive oil or canola oil may be in use during cooking. Olive oil is encouraged for salad dressings, too.
  • Fish and poultry are the main staples. Red meat needs eaten sparingly. Foods like bacon and sausage are not consumable since they have a large amount of fat in them.
  • For dairy, consume in limited quantities and only skim milks. Fat free cheeses are a good way to get dairy intake.
  • Fish is necessary. Eat fish at least once or twice per week. Good options include water packed tuna, trout, herring, salmon, and other healthy fat fish.

 

The Mediterranean Diet is a great choice not only if you want to lose weight, but also to enable improvement in heart function or to lower the risk of heart disease onset.

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