The Mediterranean diet is one of the oldest diets around and not quite as trendy or weight-loss-focused as some others. But it’s a favorite of doctors and dietitians; there are numerous studies that suggest it can lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The Mediterranean Diet is more than a diet. It is a lifelong living style. You have to adopt it, as a religion. Decades ago, it was the natural way of life of many people around the Mediterranean Basin.
The Mediterranean Diet is the best way to live many years with a high quality of life. It is also the best way to keep your body in shape, your skin clean and beautiful and your internal organs working properly. It is the best diet to lead you to a proportional weight and won’t endanger your health with urgent and unbalanced malnutrition. Fad diets may allow you to lose a few pounds, for a time, a weight that you will regain later after having lost part of your health. You may not know immediately, but the aftermath will come later.
There is something that you should take into account. The Mediterranean Diet is free, without any supplements or packs. Consequently, there is no economic interest behind it. The only money you are going to spend is your own investment in adequate and fresh food, fruits and vegetables.
The key components of the diet are:
- Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts
- Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil
- Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods
- Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month
- Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
- Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)
The diet also recognizes the importance of being physically active and enjoying meals with family and friends.