Weight Loss - Intentional :: What The Mediterranean Diet Can Do For You

Feb 8, 2009

I am sure many of you will have heard of the Mediterranean diet and some of you may have even tried a supermarket or popular magazine version of it. Please set all those experiences to one side.

In preparation for writing about the Mediterranean diet for Patient UK, I went back through all the scientific papers on the subject to find out exactly what the diet was; what science has shown the health benefits might be; and what you actually had to eat. The research stretches all the way back to the 1970s and there doesn't seem to be any dispute within the medical/ scientific community about the benefits of the diet.

Here's a few key things I found out:

It is to do with the proportions of things you eat (meat, veg, oil, nuts, wine...) rather than any particular recipes or ingredients. You don't need to cook any Greek, Italian etc dishes at all.

There are plenty of things to 'snack' on.

You can buy everything you need to follow the diet in your local food shop. You don't need to join any clubs or take any medication.

The health benefits include: reduction of risk of developing -> heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, dementia... (indeed many of the diseases everyone is worrying about)

Following the Mediterranean diet has helped people attain an ideal weight (and there are a number of scientific papers on this).

I was so impressed by what I read - I started the diet myself.

Anyhow - if you are interested, you'll find everything you need here:

how to follow.....

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