The Mediterranean Diet is not a fad diet or a points system. You do not have to buy prepackaged food or pay for the use of a coach or an online program to tell you what to do every step of the way. You do not have to take any supplements that could potentially endanger your health. The Mediterranean Diet is about adopting a healthy lifestyle. It is a complete and permanent change in routine and eating habits. This must be a permanent lifestyle change in order for it to work. And it is about more than just losing weight. This diet will help you get to the weight that is proportionally suitable to your body. Don’t endanger your health with a fad diet. Lose weight slowly and eat healthy for a healthier lifestyle starting today!
Start Getting Healthy Today
The Mediterranean Diet is based on the traditional diet of cultures historically based in the Mediterranean countries of Spain, Italy and Greece. The focus is on healthy eating of real, whole foods. No processed, prepackaged diet food here! Basically, you eat primarily plant-based foods – think fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Season these healthy foods with herbs and spices. Stay away from unhealthy salt. Eat red meat no more than just a couple of times per month. Replace the red meat with fresh fish and poultry, eating these items at least two times a week. Grill, broil or bake your fish and chicken. Stay away from breaded or fried options. If you must have red meat a couple of times per month, steer clear of bacon, sausage and other highly processed meats. Choose lean cuts of high-quality meat. Replace the butter in your diet with healthy fats like olive oil. Switch your dairy products to the lower-fat versions, such as skim milk and low-fat cheeses. Nuts make a perfect snack. They are easy to throw in a baggie and take with you during your hectic lifestyle. They are also extremely healthy and full of protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you feeling full and energized throughout the entire day.
If you are a drinker, it is alright to partake in a red wine, in moderation of course! This means about 5 oz. daily for women, 10 oz. for younger men and 5 oz. for men older than 65. If you have trouble reining it in and sticking to this small amount, it is best not to drink at all, as overconsumption comes with it’s own set of health consequences. You also should completely refrain from drinking if you have heart or liver disease.
Get Your Body Moving For Your Health
This diet and lifestyle change also stresses the importance of physical activity. Health and weight are about more than just what goes into your mouth. While what you eat is, of course, very important, how you move it equally important. Burn calories and get your body in shape, while getting healthy in the process. It is like a big cycle. The better you eat, the more energy you have for exercise. The more you exercise, the better you want to eat to maintain the body and healthy you have worked so hard to attain. Start with walking, swimming or light weights maybe and work your way up to running and more strenuous strength training workouts. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. And remember to fuel your workouts with all of those healthy foods recommended in this diet.
The benefits from this diet far surpass simply weight loss. Enjoy clean and beautiful skin from eating the healthy foods that are the basis of this diet. There is also the benefit of preventing diseases, such as heart attacks and stroke. It is also linked to the reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.