The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet first became popular as a heart
health diet, but its role may be changing. In the 1960's it was
discovered that some people in the Mediterranean, particularly those
from Crete, had a significantly longer life expectancy than people
elsewhere in the world. Their diet, which is high in vegetables,
meat, pasta, beans, cereals, olive oil and wine, seemed to have the
ability to protect them from heart disease and stroke.
Today, though, it may become known as a weight loss
diet. Spanish Researchers studying the eating habits of 1,547 men
and 1615 women aged 25-74, recently found that the more closely
subjects followed the diet, the lower their body fat levels became.
This was surprising, because, in other studies it had been seen that
Mediterraneans were not exactly slim and that contrasted sharply to
the usual expectation that if you're fat, you're more likely to die
of a stroke or heart attack.
It is easy to enjoy a meal on The Mediterranean
Mediterranean diet, is lower in foods like pastas, cheese, red
meats, milk and lard than a common European diet, which some believe
account for the differences in longevity. But sticking to lower
glycemic carbs like the beans and cereals also causes a lower
insulin response which is linked to the storage of fat in our
bodies. Low carb advocates say that the diet works even better when
itís modified to lower the carbs, believing it will speed up the fat
loss while continuing to provide the positive heart benefits.
So get the best of both worlds. Eat like Crete, with a
low carb twist. And speed your way to quick weight loss and a long
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