The Mediterranean Diet – Things You Should Know

May 17, 2010 | By | 92 Replies More

Yes – I am back! Actually, I have been online maybe for 2 weeks or so – shame on me for not writing anything sooner! But I have to admit, we had heaps of stress with the move and the backed up paperwork for our businesses due to lack of Internet Connection, so I have not been able to put much time into my blogs at all. I am still under a lot of pressure with our day-to-day business, but I am trying to get some time to dedicate to my blogs.┬á ­čÖé

And something else has happened:  I was approached by a fellow weight loss blogger (Eva) from the Mediterranean Diet Blog, asking me whether she could do a guest post. On my blog! Well, as the Mediterranean Diet fits in well with my theme here on Healthy Diet Weight Loss, I was very excited, and of course I said yes!

So, instead of me writing about my weight loss or any other ways of losing weight today, you will get a treat and hear some

Facts You Should Know About The Mediterranean Diet

by Eva of mediterraneandiet.org.uk

  • It is widely known that Mediterranean diet has high fat content. Is weight loss still possible if people will follow this kind of diet?

It is true that Mediterranean diet is high in fats. However, these are healthy fats consisting of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The American diet is rich in saturated fat which is unhealthy. Generally, the fat content of a diet does not determine weight loss. It is the calorie intake of people that is decisive. Mediterranean diet provides plenty of healthy benefits but if you will not reduce your caloric intake, then you will never lose weight.

  • What makes the Mediterranean diet different from the common American diet?

Americans consume high numbers of red meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy, while the Mediterranean includes very little. The diet also differs from the typical American diet through its dependence on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, olive oil, beans, breads, cereals, and potatoes.

  • Is it true that Mediterranean diet played a major role in lowering the rate of heart disease in the region?

Mediterranean diet plays an important role in lowering the incidences of cardiovascular disorder. This finding has been proven by major research and studies. More importantly, the success of the Mediterranean diet comes from the fact that it promotes a holistic approach to healthy living. By following the Mediterranean diet, you will learn how to eat healthy and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • How does exercise, walking, and physical activity enter into the “recipe” for the Mediterranean diet and health?

Exercise plays an important role for Mediterranean diet. When this diet was developed, the people of Mediterranean were already a big fan of exercise and physical activities. This is the basis why Mediterranean diet includes regular exercises in its overall program. Essentially, a daily one-hour walk is needed. You should also perform once a week full body exercises.

  • What is the difference between Low Carb and Mediterranean diets?

The Mediterranean diet features little protein, in contrast to low-carb diets. Only fifteen percent of the calories consumed each day on the Mediterranean diet come from protein.

  • Wine has always been part of the Mediterranean diet. What is the recommended daily amount for wine?

It is highly recommended to consume low to moderate amounts of wine daily. Usually, men should get approximately 5 percent calories from wine while women should get 2.5 calories from wine consumption.

  • Final words

There are loads of benefits that you can enjoy from Mediterranean diet. This diet focuses on healthier food options like root crops, fruits, cereals, breads, vegetables, and Omega 3-rich foods. You will be able to prevent heart diseases if you follow the Mediterranean diet.

About the Author – Eva B. Alexander writes for the mediterranean diet meals blog, her personal hobby website focused on Mediterranean diet healthy eating tips to live better and longer.

***Thank you, Eva, for writing such an interesting and educating guest post!***

If any of you would like to have a go at a guest post on my blog about healthy weight loss related topics, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] I will consider articles/posts that have good and relevant content, and you will be gaining valuable backlinks to your website (if you have one…). So everyone’s happy!

Talk soon. P.

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  1. These thing i didn’t know before like “What is the difference between Low Carb and Mediterranean diets?”, great post!
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    • I admire the quickfacts given my Eva regarding the Mediterranean Diet. Althought there’s more to say about this holistic regimen, I believe that the neat list provided sums up the important advantages that we really shouldn’t ignore. If only we could sum up all the complicated, yet healthy and alternative options is such a few paragraphs, I’m pretty sure the world will be a better and healthier place now…

      Keep up on posting such important details, I know these things are usually ignored, especially with today’s fast weight loss “magic diets”.. but I’m sure it will be a good reference for those who are eager to search for the right ways on dieting by browsing and really searching in-depth from the world wide web…

      Thanks,

      JW

    • Mediterranean Diet can work The diet is often cited as beneficial for being low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber. The Mediterranean diet is high in salt content Foods such as olives, salt-cured cheeses etc.

  2. The Mediterranean diet looks like it would be so healthy. The people who live in the med do seem to live a lon time too! Maybe its the good food and the good life?!

    This looks like it would be a very enjoyable diet as there is such a broad range of food and there’s nothing boring.

    Thanks for this guest post.
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  3. My diet is heavily influenced by the mediterreanean diet as I like that style of food. I weigh 138lbs so it must be working in some way!

  4. Mediterranean Diet can work The diet is often cited as beneficial for being low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber. The Mediterranean diet is high in salt content Foods such as olives, salt-cured cheeses etc.

  5. The Mediterranean diet is a good program that can help you achieve good health. This type of diet can help prevent cardiovascular diseases. The key is to eat foods that are rich in Omega 3 and combine these with root crops, vegetable, fruits, breads, and cereals.

  6. I’ve heard that the Greeks have a long life span because of foods like olives and the heavy use of olive oils in their diet. Looks like your article backs that up. I was surprised to learn that the Mediterranean diet consists of a very small amount of protein intake.
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  7. Health Care says:

    Mediterranean-style diets are often close to our dietary recommendations, but they donÔÇÖt follow them exactly. In general, the diets of Mediterranean peoples contain a relatively high percentage of calories from fat.
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  8. I always liked the Mediterranean diet. Not only because it is healthy and I can lose weight, but because I really like their flavors. The olive oil mixed with fish and vegetables, I find it really delicious.

  9. Hi Petra,

    I’d love to have a go at guest posting on your blog! ­čÖé I’ll contact you at petraweiss.com.

    David.

  10. The amount of weight watchers and people generally looking to improve the health of either themselves or a loved one by searching for mediterranean diet is growing substantially every day. I have also read that weight conscious individuals are sticking a copy of the Mediterranean diet pyramid or food pyramid on their refrigerators!! so that they can glean over it at meal time while they prepare something to eat. The constant statistics indicating the increasing popularity of almost any Mediterranean diet cookbooks is staggering. So I feel this post is in regards with such new diet meal plans which are in constant demand. Thanks for the share.
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  11. The Mediterranean diet is such an interesting one, I really enjoyed your post, thank you :).

    I have always based my eating habits off a balanced diet using the 5 food groups. What I always find interesting is that your daily intake of protein should actually not be as high as every one thinks. Portions of meat at a restaurant are always 200 grams plus when in actual fact you only need only about 100 grams of protein a day.

    I think this is where the Mediterranean diet works so well. It is BALANCED. You also have to LOVE a diet which allows a glass of red a day. ­čÖé

  12. Car Auctions says:

    The big problem I have with the Mediterranean diet is the cost and availability. It can be difficult with a busy lifestyle to stick to this diet.

  13. Poor me, this is the first time I heard about the Mediterranean Diet, I tried all sort of diet and I fail, I guess this is the answer to my weight problem! Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Interesting post about the Mediterranean Diet. I must say that I’ve not heard of this diet before.
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  15. It must be fantastic experience to have Mediterranean diet so long as you pay attention to these useful tips.

  16. Hi Petra…

    Its been awhile, that’s a good news, your back already. thanks for sharing about The Mediterranean Diet very informative post you have here. I really did enjoy reading your post. Looking forward to your upcoming blog post..

  17. Stephen King says:

    Hi,

    Its the first time have ever heard of The Mediterranean diet, Thank yo for sharing it.

    Thanks

  18. Diets which are high in carbohydrates are the main reason why people are obese, it continually raises blood sugar levels, which continually raises insulin levels, which raises fat levels.

    Fatness in itself is not a health problem, unless you’re so fat it’s causing organ function and joint issues. It’s more a symptom of other problems, like insulin deficiency.

  19. law school says:

    Mediterranean Diet is more than a diet. It is a lifelong living style.

  20. Mediterranean diet is so fit for a figure conscious person .Hope this post will give a group of food example or list and photos so that we readers can follow along on what group of food should be eaten .Right from your blog the relevant information be published.

  21. Paramjit says:

    The Mediterranean is as perfect as it gets. If someone adds strength training and more vigorous cardio such as HIITS, I am sur ethe results would be very much better.
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  22. Honestly this is the first time I heard about the Mediterranean Diet. It’s quite interesting if we compare with the common American diet.

  23. Scott Shoup says:

    Awesome! Nice Article. Very informable. Definatly will check back in. Keep up the good work!
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  24. The first I have heard of this diet/eating plan. Very interesting article. I am sure it will become the next big thing.

  25. The frustrating thing is that it’s so easy to create a healthy liver. It responds to a healthy diet, the Mediterranean diet is perfect – 15 per cent protein, 45 per cent carbohydrates (roughage) and 40 per cent fruit and veg. You need plenty of fresh fruit and some raw veg like carrots and salads. It really is easy and the response from your body is amazing, within days.

  26. The Chinese diet deserves mention as well. They seem to live quite well on a diet based mainly on fish, local vegetation, and healthily cooked alternatives to American styled Chinese food.

  27. I really like the Mediterranean diet.it is really a great way to lose the fat in just
    few days.

  28. Great that Mediterranean diet is well-established as an eating pattern that reduces the risk of death or illness related to cardiovascular diseaseÔÇömostly heart attacks and strokes.

  29. The Mediterranean diet is known to be low in saturated fat, high in monounsaturated fat, and high in dietary fiber. Though the diet is rich in fats people who go for it get the understated benefits-
    # Longer lifespan
    # Lower risk of dying at any age
    # Lower risk of dying from heart disease
    # Lower risk of dying from cancer
    # Lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

  30. HIFU says:

    Mediterranean diet plan is best if you want a heart-healthy diet plan because this diet includes the nutrition values which are helpful for healthy heart as well as the flavor of food which you can enjoy.
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  31. 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, especially in Spain, Italy and Greece. High activity, Mediterranean nutrition, anti stress attitudes and not much money shaped a culture that can be declared soon Immaterial Human Heritage by UNESCO. Nowadays, these circumstances have changed in the mentioned countries, but many responsible people are still keeping or returning to what is considered to be the healthiest diet in the world.

  32. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds provides thousands of micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can help protect against cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, among other conditions. So, this type of diet is always healthy as it doesn’t only helps you fight against rising weight but also provides you with the essential nutrients.

  33. There is an abundance of plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds in this diet plus you are daily exposed to some amount of wine which makes you less prone to heart attack. So, I love it.

  34. This is a great post – thanks a lot. I’m actually living in the south of France, but unfortunately kids and teenagers nowadays are moving away from the healthy Mediterranean diet towards a low-value junk food diet. Also, a study I recently read revealed that obesity in French teenagers increased by almost 25% over the last 10 years – mostly due to the lack of sport and changes of nutritional habits.
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  35. There is no need to be a shame. Being a writer is not an easy job. Plenty of time needed in order to produce great informative article like above.

  36. The Mediterranean diet is definitely the best all-round diet to follow in my opinion. Given that Mediterranean climatic zones like California, Chile, South Africa and Southern Europe offer the most livable climates, they also provide the conditions to grow the best natural foods.

    I agree that walking an hour a day is probably the best way to lose wait. Supposedly, the average person in a city who drives to work walks about 5,000 steps a day but if someone lives in a comfortable climate and walks everywhere or works outside they will walk 15,000 steps a day which is enough to naturally balance their weight. This is hard for those of us that work in an office or live in a climate that is cold for 6 months a year but I believe walking daily is the best way to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
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  38. cadudu says:

    Your article is excellent, I like it very much!

  39. Who says that losing weight can only be done on a boring diet? I absolutely love Mediterranean food and an overjoyed with the fact that it can be a part of a healthy weight loss plan.
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  40. Seb says:

    I love the Med. diet. A study just came out in Canada that childhood obesity has doubled since 1978 it’s now around 28%. The average under 18 or 19 spends 7 hours a day in front of the computer or telly. No exercise and chips. OMG maybe I’m spending too much time commenting on blogs. I did run 10 miles this morning though. Thanks for the article Petra
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  41. Carlos says:

    That was remarkable post! I like to read such articles for they provide relevant information to me as a blogger that enriched my knowledge on different facts. Great job and I hope to read more from you!

  42. Cloud says:

    Here is one solution for Americans, However, Aussies are getting fatter than Americans, it’s a big deal to get it back.

  43. Good info here. The Mediterranean diet is a great, balanced plan. It doesn’t call for crazy, crash diets or boring, bland menus. A good sensible eating plan and exercise is a way of life that is sustainable.

  44. Hello there, I am glad that I ran into your site. I spend a lot of time online reading about various topics. It is always nice with such valuable information. I will bookmark this page and am anxiously looking forward to reading some of your future posts. Thanks and God bless.

  45. It isn’t entirely true that the Mediterranean diet contains only safe fats. The diet could also make you bloated after consuming a large meal.

    In fact, this diet resembles the Paleolithic Diet. The Paleolithic diet is a combination of foods to similate what our ancestors consumed while hunting and gathering to keep themselves warm and alive. They did not live long and in these Modern time its silly to go back in time and eat what our ancestors ate.

    In the US these diets are called Fad diets because they are just that a fad. just like the Israeli Army Diet, Atkins Diet and so on. Although it is a good diet to follow, I am not sure how it will help people to lose weight.

    The Israeli Army Diet is designed to get you to lose weight in 7 days, however it restricts your food consumption to a sub-minimal. So there are better diets out there to lose weight. I like Mediterranean cuisine a lot and I could see myself eating it frequently and since it contains a lot of grease from meats so I can’t see how it will make me lose weight.

  46. I really like the Mediterranean diet. American diets are so unhealthy.
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  47. Have incorporated much of this into my diet. Seeds, olive oil, fish, tomatoes, and I have rarely gotten sick since. Also, it is a lot easier to stay lean. Believe part of it is the Mediterranean people walk around a lot more instead of taking the car. Very interesting post.

  48. Jay says:

    There was a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2008) which compared the Mediterranean diet to a low carb and low fat diets for promoting weight loss / lowering cholesterol.

    The Mediterranean diet was almost as effective as the low carb diet for promoting weight loss. The low carb diet was actually more effective at lowering cholesterol in this study, but the Mediterranean diet was better for those with diabetes.
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  49. Do you know one thing, the Mediterranean diet closely follows the recommendations of the American Heart Association.

  50. Girisoft says:

    The Mediterranean diet is highly recommended one. The guest post is excellent. Really Eva, that was an excellent post. Keep it up.

  51. Brilliant insights to the Mediterranean diet.. I never knew that it was so different than American diet.. It gives me a feeling that this type of diet is far more nutritious than others..

  52. The mediterranean diet is really health one, and when you follow it or a long long time, the results are great, a long life can come from this diet, health and long. i was reading in the past some articles about it and some people, old people like at 90-95 and looking like 60-65. was amazed.
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  53. Hi there,

    I never thought that the Mediterranean diet is this good. Maybe I should suggest my fellow friends to try this kind of diet. Today it is really hard to find diet that suit with our lifestyle.
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  54. Very helpful post. lots of information about this new diet plan.

    Looking for more
    thanks Eva

  55. I love the Mediterranean diet even if not trying to lose weight. I just like that it has a lighter touch than so much of the American diet. As I get older, I find it harder and harder to tolerate heavy meals and any red meat at all. Thank for presenting this article from a guest blogger and steering me towards her blog as well.
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  56. Just realized I had put the wrong keywords into my comment. So sorry, and also I see you haven’t posted in a while and hope things are going well for you.
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  57. Longevity says:

    Just heard of that Mediterranean diet. Well, it sounds great. Yes, definitely we need to check our calories intake. This is a little different from the diet programs i know. Guess, I’ll give it a try.
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  58. Staying Hard says:

    A complete combination of good diet results in one of the healthiest Mediterranean diet regimens to be found anywhere on the planet.

  59. I have been looking for a diet that seems more realistic to what I can accomplish. I had yet to hear of this diet. I am looking forward to reading more on this. I don’t have much weight to lose and never really had to worry about it until recently. So I am really in the dark on how to do so.

  60. I like that you clarified the differences between fats. All to often dieters throw the baby out with the bath water, and miss that good fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. From my travels through out Italym I found that their way of life and diet are completely different from what I assumed. I was struck by the lack of obesity in the locals.

  61. I’m always reluctant to advice anyone to try a new diet, because it means they have to remain on that diet to continue with the weight loss.

    It’s much better to lose the weight by changing your eating habits in a realistic way.

    Diets like the mediterranean diet do work, but only for the short term. Once you come off the diet, the weight comes back.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Sarah, the Mediterranean Diet is not supposed to be a “Diet” just for a few weeks, but a “change in eating habits in a realistic way”.

  62. Hi Petra, this diet is also very high in anti-oxidants. Another of the many benefits of this diet is that it is low in dairy. The small amount of dairy consumed is usually low-fat. These people consume very little dairy and so they are able to maintain weight much easier.
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  63. Irena says:

    Hi,
    I am from Croatia where the Mediterranean diet is eaten traditionally. It is definitely not a “diet”, more a way of living.

    The only thing that you’ve missed in your article (which is a very good one, by the way), and which many people, mostly nutritionists do when they talk about the Mediterranean diet is too much focus on the foods.

    Don’t get me wrong, Mediterranean diet foods are the foundation of the Mediterranean diet, but there is also a specific lifestyle integrated in it.

    We cook food – sometimes several times a day, we don’t eat it from the microwave oven. We don’t drive everywhere we go, we like to drink a glass of wine after lunch or dinner, we hate dieting because we love tasty food too much!

    But I guess we are lucky that it is mostly a healthy foods we like. I think that is also important when you speak of the Mediterranean diet.
    The food is also easy to prepare, healthy, and you will definitely lose some weight and feel much better.

    I recommend it!

    More info: http://www.lose-weight-mediterranean-diet.com

    Good luck
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  64. I don’t know how I missed this article. I am sure that the Mediterranean diet increases longevity. On my father’s side of the family, Italians, they all live into their late 80’s and in some cases early 90’s. On my mother’s side, English, not so lucky. Hi 70’s maybe, but usually not it seems.
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  65. [email protected] Personal Trainer says:

    Say great and informative article. When I’ve had a Client that is way off in their diet I use this diet as an example to help them get things back under control. Thanks for the info, it’s spot on!

  66. Theodora says:

    I’ve been following the mditerranean diet for about 2years an the resultsare great. There was a comment that said its not just a diet but a way of life I find this so true. I happened across this site explaining the mediterranean diet and it was helpful.
    http://www.greekoliveoil.org/what-is-the-mediterranean-diet

    This has worked wonders for me

    Thanks

  67. David says:

    Dieting is all about lifestyle change and that’s one distinguishing characteristic of the “Mediterranean Diet”

  68. hgh therapy says:

    Good guest article,well I also mostly like to eat American diet, but I’ll try Mediterranean diet now to loss my weight.

  69. I’m skeptical about this diet – but I don’t know what percentage of calories comes from starchy, processed carbs. I don’t think they are healthy for us at all. And while I realize that over consuming animal protein has been shown to cause all sorts of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, could it be from the trans fats and toxins held within the fats of meat produced from factory farmed animals. The quality of the meat we eat from them is far inferior to that of grass fed and organic meat. I would venture a guess that our bodies are more accepting of meat from a grass fed animal than it is of processed foods and refined carbs.
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  70. I tend to agree with Susan about the processed meats being far less healthy than grass fed animals. My motto is moderation in all food. Too much of any one thing usually isn’t healthy.

  71. Jessica says:

    the best diet for me would be eating just he vegetarian food recipe. Vegies could really help you a lot in your diet life. ­čÖé

  72. I heard that the Mediterranean diet is indeed healthier than American diet which true because they focus on vegetables, good fats and fresh herbs. But really, eat fruits and vegetables and do some substantial physical activity, you’ll definitely lose weight.

  73. Alison says:

    I like this Q&A format, it’s engaging. Maybe I will do some articles like that on my blog, as well.

    I strongly believe healthy fats are very beneficial to health and I like that Mediterranean Diet capitalizes on this…
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  74. RayMeds says:

    This is really very informative post. I got good information to read. This blog is really very helpful for updating my daily diet… I will bookmark this site and I will come back soon for your future updates. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  75. Tony Rovere says:

    I was glad to see the first post here, clearing up a misconception about the Mediterranean Diet.

    In addition to the monounsaturated fats, the Mediterranean diet is also high in heart-healthy Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These Omega-3’s, named ‘essential’ because your body needs them to function properly but must be obtained from food sources because the human body doesn’t produce them, help to lower your LDL (or bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (or good) cholesterol.

    You can get your Omega-3’s from nuts, olive oil or fatty fish like salmon.

  76. HGH Therapy says:

    Are these kind of diets really works? as i have tried twice or thrice but couldnt find good results

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Hi HGH, I believe these diets work – if you really stick to them. Like, when I go on Bodytrim, for example, and I think I am going well and then I don’t lose any weight, when I examine it more closely I discover that even though I eat the right foods, my portion sizes have been way too big, and I also sometimes don’t cut the fat back. Bingo! Diet doesn’t work as well as it should, even though on the surface it looks like I am doing it right. Can you have a look whether you did everything just right?

  77. It seems this Mediterranean diet is a good diet plan. I should find out more of this. I have read the previous comment’s reply from Petra, and I agree 200% with it. No matter how healthy and nutritious our diet, we had to do some workout to process the excess calories. The more calories we eat, the more we should focus on our workout to burn the excess.

  78. I didn’t know that the Mediterranean diet was low on protein. It makes sense to focus on healthy foods and whole foods but I wonder on the wine intake, especially when breastfeeding. But… the Europeans do give wine to children…
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  79. Frank says:

    Thanks for sharing some knowledge about the Mediterranean diet Petra. A lot of us fail to realize that all the fat is not created equal and our body does need some healthy fat in order to function properly and produce useful hormones. Mediterranean diet is no doubt a great path for your weight loss journey.
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  80. Hi Eva,

    I am convince that Mediterranean diet can get myself fit. Thanks to your extensive review on this topic. I should get started to cook Mediterranean recipes from now on! Cheers!

  81. little wonder the Italians live so long! All the right things, and everything in moderation. Have you ever studied the diet of the Cubans? They seem to live forever… coffee and cigars?

  82. I was glad to see the first post here, clearing up a misconception about the Mediterranean Diet.

    In addition to the monounsaturated fats, the Mediterranean diet is also high in heart-healthy Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These Omega-3?s, named ÔÇśessentialÔÇÖ because your body needs them to function properly but must be obtained from food sources because the human body doesnÔÇÖt produce them, help to lower your LDL (or bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (or good) cholesterol.

    You can get your Omega-3?s from nuts, olive oil or fatty fish like salmon.
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  83. This is a new diet I will try. I have not had much success with dieting but if there is a will there is a way. This diet sounds exotic and interesting.
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  84. Mediterranean diet seems to be very interesting. It seems that it like a healthy diet. It would be great to everybody who wants to have some diet but still healthy in different way.

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