A great way to start eating healthy and lose weight is to adopt the Mediterranean diet or to incorporate aspects of it in your existing diet. The primary benefit of the Mediterranean diet is that it reduces the risk of heart disease.
A study on more than 1.5 million healthy adults showed that following a Mediterranean diet as linked with a reduced risk of death stemming from cancer and heard disease. It was also shown to reduce the probability of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The foundation of the Mediterranean diet is vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts. One should try to eat at least four servings a day of the above. By focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, the Mediterranean diet pretty much eliminates unhealthy trans and saturated fats, provides a huge antioxidant boost and is very low in calories.
Next, we move up the dietary pyramid to fish and seafood. Fish is an excellent source of protein without posing the risk of heart disease that has been linked with red meat.
Furthermore, fish is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids that have been linked with healthy heart function and brain function. In all your food avoid butter and use olive oil.