The Mediterranean Diet was brought about by a study conducted in the early 90’s at the Harvard Medical School. The basis for the diet is that certain types of fats and carbohydrates are healthy for us, when they are consumed properly.
But then, what exactly is Mediterranean diet and how does it help one to lose weight ? the fact of the matter is that there is nothing as ‘ Mediterranean diet’. It is simply the way people eat in countries bordering the Mediterranean. While there are differences in the specific foods, but the study was conducted where people were given same groups of food containing same amount of calories. Olive oil was the main source of fat in the food that was used in the study. Actually their food contained more fat (40%) than recommended by USDA (30%) for Americans. Even then, the results were startling. Thus, it proves that it is the kind of fat and carbohydrates that they consume which is more important.
The use of olive oil is very important on the Mediterranean Diet. Olive oil is a mono saturated oil, which provides good fat content. Carbohydrates play a big role in the success of this diet they should be eaten in correct proportion to the other foods listed. Grain, fruits and vegetables constitute 60% of total carbohydrates.
Proteins are the classification that includes all meats. About 2 pounds of meat should be consumed in a week. This meat should be balanced between 1 pound of red meat (suach as beef) and 1 pound of white meat (which is fish or chicken). Pork should be very limited and only consumed on a special occasion.
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