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12 Reasons the Mediterranean Diet is the Best Diet

Kimberly Love

This should come as no surprise to most of us as we are constantly being inundated with them, but there are literally hundreds of thousands of diets out there. Don’t believe us? Well think of this way, while most of us think of dieting as simply a way to lo lose weight, in reality, diets are much more and can be used for gaining weight, lowering cholesterol, and ultimately living a long and healthy life.

The origins of the word ‘diet’ come from Old French diete and Medieval Latin dieta meaning “a daily food allowance”. The Latin word diaeta and Greek word diaita mean “a way of life, a regimen”. In our modern day, a diet can be best described as a preset course of eating and drinking in which the amount and type of food we eat are planned out in order to achieve weight loss or to obtain other lifestyle goals. And while the vast majority of us only look to dieting in order to lose weight, that is what we will focus on today.

When it comes to selecting a diet, there is no shortage to chose from, and it seems that the popularity of some diets changes as frequently as the seasons. There is the Atkins Diet, or Atkins Nutritional Approach, which focuses on controlling the levels of insulin in our bodies through diet. There is the Zone Diet, which aims for a nutritional balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein each time we eat. The focus is also on controlling insulin levels, which result in more successful weight loss and body weight control.

There are the numerous types of vegetarian diets, the majority of which are lacto ovo vegetarians, meaning, they do not eat animal-based foods, except for eggs, dairy, and honey. We have the South Beach Diet, which was started by a cardiologist, Dr. Agatston, and a nutritionist, Marie Almon and focuses on the control of insulin levels, and the benefits of unrefined slow carbohydrates versus fast carbs, and we have the Raw Food Diet that involves consuming foods and drinks which are not processed, are completely plant-based, and ideally organic.

For the most part, diets are very restrictive in what we can eat, and while the results may be what we desired, it is often these restrictions that cause many of us to falter and derail. However, there is a relatively new diet, or rather, one that is growing in popularity that doesn’t come with so many restrictions and yet is still showing prodigious results – the Mediterranean Diet.

The Mediterranean Diet is Southern European, and more specifically focuses on the nutritional habits of the people of Crete, Greece, and southern Italy The focus of this diet is on lots of plant foods, fresh fruits as dessert, beans, nuts, cereals, seeds, olive oil as the main source of dietary fats, cheese and yogurts are the main dairy foods, moderate amounts of fish and poultry, up to about four eggs per week, small amounts of red meat, and low/moderate amounts of wine. And while that may be a quick summary of the Mediterranean diet, its appeal runs much deeper than that.

So if you find yourself in the market for a diet to lose weight, feel better, and actually enjoy food, then look no further, for her are some amazing reasons that the Mediterranean Diet is the best diet.

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