Why the Mediterranean Diet?

Mediterranean food

Dieting fads come and go. But that’s the thing is, they’re just fad. Not necessarily fit to stick around long term. Remember when the juice cleanse was all the rage? Or when everyone suddenly went gluten-free? The reality is, fads fade. However, some diets are less social media crazy and more scientifically, and even historically, backed. What diet might that be? The Mediterranean diet.

All it is 

  • Vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and, whole grains 
  • Fish, poultry, beans, and eggs
  • Limited red meat and dairy 

Simple right? Very reasonable. It’s a doable diet that doesn’t ask too much. If anything, you’ll just have to cut down on the portions and hold back on the cheese. Maybe a nice steak now and then. But how could it be so mundane yet still be called a diet? It’s in the name. This diet has been eaten for as long as people have lived in the Mediterranean area. A proven diet that’s worked countless people thousands of years.

This diet isn’t just about lean calories intake. It’s about clean eating. Fruits and veggies are full of healthy fats and fibers. Whole grains are fantastic for your digestive system. Poultry is very low fat compared to red meats. And fish is a fantastic source of vitamins like omega 3.  

For some, it might sound all too good to be true. So the downside? This diet requires a little bit of regular exercise. No heavy weight lifting, more so average cardio. It also requires some picky eating.

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Foods with these ingredients should be avoided right away

  • Sodas, candies, ice cream, and other sugary processed foods
  • White bread, pasta made from refined wheat
  • Soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil 
  • Processed sausages, hot dogs, and similar products 

There you have it, the “fad” diet that actually works. Yes, it requires work, but it’s not something tedious like a juice cleanse. The foods in the Mediterranian diet are everyday flavors you’re used to, just leaner. But as always, portions are everything, and processed sugar stuff is a no-go. If you need help making this diet happen in your everyday life, we got you covered. We have everything this diet requires and then some. Click here to learn more.

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Sources:

www.healthline.com

www.mayoclinic.org