Hoping to lose some pounds? If so, wine, cheese and meats are on the menu tonight, right?
I don’t know about you, but a diet plan that recommends alcohol consumption on a regular basis seems like it first needs to pass a breathalyzer before making it to my dinner table. But, before we jump to conclusions, let’s do some research and figure out what the Mediterranean diet plan is all about.
First, the reason for the name of the diet is that the drinks and food promoted in the diet are those that have been traditionally consumed by people in countries around the Mediterranean Sea.
The Traditional Mediterranean Diet Plan
The traditional Mediterranean diet has been shown to increase longevity when compared to people who did not follow the diet. Using a ten-point scale to measure adherence to the diet, a two-point increase was related to a 25 percent reduction in total mortality among the participants. These results appeared in the June 26, 2003 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Within the traditional Mediterranean diet is an abundance of vegetables, legumes, nuts, fruits and cereals. There is also a lot of olive oil used and a steady amount of fish and dairy products (mainly in the form of yogurt and cheese).
On top of this are small amounts of red meat and the moderate use of alcohol, in the form of wines during meal times. The traditional Mediterranean diet has often been called the healthiest diet in the world.
The New Mediterranean Diet Plan
The new Mediterranean weight loss plan is more than a diet, it is a lifestyle choice that you make and stick with. This is one of the major differences with this diet over most others.
The lifestyle includes things such as an active life, less stressful attitudes and great nutrition as seen in the traditional Mediterranean diet. Studies have also shown that this diet is great for promoting the health of your heart. It is also a good choice for people who like to drink alcohol, as a moderate amount can be consumed on this diet (usually wine).
The Mediterranean diet comes with its own version of the Food Pyramid to help users balance the ingredients of their diet over the course of the week. This will help to ensure that you are eating the right quantities for weight loss.
The Mediterranean diet plan, according to many, is filled with all kinds of very tasty foods that won’t have you feeling hungry (like many other diets). You can also eat more of these foods, as they are not as high in calories compared to the foods typically in American diets. In my opinion, this is the main reason that the diet may work; calories. Here why.
Calories Are Still the Key
The real key of how this diet works is that it restricts the number of calories each day. There are no special foods that exist in the Mediterranean diet; it is simply a process of eating less than you usually do, and less than your body needs which leads to weight loss.
In summary, the Mediterranean diet is less of a diet and more about following specific guidelines that you can hopefully stay on for an extended amount of time or long-term. However, the real key to losing weight and keeping it off has nothing to do with the way you eat, but the amount of calories you consume regardless if the foods are from the Mediterranean or elsewhere. That is something research has proven and continues to confirm regardless of the specific diet plan you follow.
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