There are so many diets being advertised these days, with each one claiming to be the best. However for those of us new to the diet scene, the process of choosing which one to try can not only seem daunting, it can also be a tad terrifying! Should you go with the diet that focuses mostly on eating meat, cutting out the grains? OR should you just go vegetarian and focus your dietary needs on fresh produce from the garden? Every diet has its pro's and its con's and with a new health conscious society, losing weight and getting fit seems to be on everyone's minds. Is there really a diet out there that can help you shed those extra pounds and even give you a few extra healthy benefits that other diets don't offer? If you are one of those who has been contemplating that very question, then keep reading.
The Mediterranean Diet is a popular choice, its fame making the name recognizable to anyone who has done even the smallest bit of research on dieting and there is a reason for that. Mayo Clinic Health Professionals declare this particular diet as heart healthy and even reduces the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or even Cancer. Studies have even shown that the women who eat the Mediterranean style diet that includes extra virgin oil and mixed nuts show a reduced risk in Breast Cancer. It is easy to see why so many are choosing to follow it, but what exactly is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet focuses on the consumption of plant based foods. The main list includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (such as peas and lentils) and nuts. However don't worry, this diet has even more options for your dining pleasure, so don't go connecting with your inner rabbit just yet.
The Mediterranean Diet finds its roots on the banks of the Nile in Egypt, as well as Babylon and Persia. These great empires relied on fish for their daily meals which is a key component in the Mediterranean Diet as well. Also reminiscent of these ancient cultures is the use of olive oil and rich aromatic spices to flavor their food, substituting our modern day use of butter, salt and pepper. Red meat was limited, and so in this diet red meat (such as beef, lamb or pork) should be limited to only a few times a month. For the carnivores reading this, chicken is a suitable substitute. Both fish and poultry are acceptable up to twice per week.
Now if you're like me, there are nights when I want something sweet, and while the Mediterranean diet discourages high fat dairy products such as ice cream, cheese, and whole or 2 percent milk, you can find plenty of yummy alternatives. Fat free yogurt comes in a variety of flavors, and has its own many health benefits that contribute to your digestive system. Low fat cheese is also a wonderful substitute when you want to add a little something extra to your meal.
The Mediterranean Diet has proven itself again and again as a reliable way to lose weight and get healthy, and with so many doctors advocating it, you would find it difficult to discount its credibility. Not to mention the many helpful online websites that offer healthy (and delicious!) recipes to test out that follow the Mediterranean Diet guidelines. So as you continue on your journey on choosing what diet is best for you, give the Mediterranean Diet a try, it could very well be the perfect fit for the new you!