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Nowadays on media platforms, we are exposed to countless dietary suggestions: Keto, vegetarian, intermittent fasting. And the list goes on.
Following a prolonged lockdown period, we’ve probably put on a few pounds. And that’s okay. Because it doesn’t have to be too difficult to lose that unwanted weight. If your goal is simply to eat healthier, that is possible, too.
According to U.S. News & World Report’s annual list, the Mediterranean diet is the top ranked diet for four consecutive years. The diet may help you:
The Mediterranean diet includes a combination of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, using olive oil. The diet discourages processed foods, refined grains and oils, added sugars, sodium and saturated fats.
Regular weekly foods consist of fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt. It’s also highly advised to drink a lot of water, although one can mix in a celebratory glass of red wine here and there because hey … we earned it.
A typical daily diet may consist of:
If you’re someone who has a higher daily caloric intake and exercises heavily to build off of those calories, this diet will be a drastic transition for your body. But even though you’re consuming different kinds of foods that aren’t as heavy as others, the long-term effects of this diet are equal if not better than what you’re currently doing.
But this is all easier said than done. The Mediterranean diet takes different kinds of commitment.
If you have any questions about how to eat healthier, consult with your doctor or a dietitian to recommend an eating plan that works best for you.
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Fasting, keto, counting macros – which dietary trends are the healthiest to follow? And is it possible to change your eating habits if others in your household don’t? In this Health 360 with Dr. G podcast episode, host Mark Gomez, MD, and his guests break down common diets and offer practical tips on how to establish sustainable, healthy eating habits. Listen to the podcast.
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