The Mediterranean Diet works in different ways depending on which “Mediterranean” part of the Mediterranean Diet you are talking about. Because Italians eat differently from Greeks, who eat differently from the French and so on, it all depends on which style you choose as to how the actual diet goes.
However, the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston developed a Mediterranean Diet pyramid which goes over all the important foods of the diet.* Mostly, the diet consists of lots of stuff that is good for you, lots of stuff that tastes good but might not be so good for you, but none of the red meats and other sweet treats that many people crave. Of course what would a Mediterranean Diet be without a little bit of wine? This is allowed in moderation and, yes, you are expected to work out as well. Healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and fish are going to be staples in this particular diet. It is advised that you limit your consumption of red meats and refined carbs.
Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet is a popular diet, but the results that participants have experienced are really a mixed bag. Some say that they lose a lot of weight on the diet, but usually those are individuals who are obese to begin with. Others say they have moderate success and still others claim actual weight gain as a result of the diet.
Of course those who incorporate exercise with the Mediterranean Diet had better success than those who didn’t. This is likely why the Mediterranean Diet strongly encourages exercise. Because this is a very broad diet without actual plans tied to it, there were many books and cookbooks written to help someone follow this specific way of eating. There are many different reviews on the diet style cookbooks out there today, which are featured below.
Andrue* said, “This book explains the Mediterranean diet is more a way of life than a diet, and based on the recipes in this book, it’s way of life that many will find appealing. The recipes are arranged in logical categories, making it easy to choose the perfect recipe. This is a great book, with great recipes, and I look forward to enjoying them all.”
Haley* reiterates what we have mentioned in the above text, “If you’re looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you.The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.”
Cassandra* was quite happy when she started the program and said, “One of the best diet plan I ever tried, Mediterranean diet. It keeps me full without sacrificing my body and health. Healthy in a very delicious way, what more can you ask? It’s an all in one book that satisfies all I need, diet, delicious meal and tasty food. I also love the idea that it promotes healthy eating without sacrificing my taste buds.”
Is the Mediterranean Diet Easy to Follow?
The Mediterranean Diet is one of the easiest diets to follow, but honestly, they don’t ask you to give up a whole lot. What they have you give up is made up for with rich oils, like olive oil, and even wine, so it’s kind of like taking away some candy and then replacing it with different candy. So, it might not be hard to follow the Mediterranean Diet, but with such loose rules on what you can and can’t eat, that likely explains the mixed bag of weight loss results. Overall, this diet just seems like it gets people eating healthier but in order to lose weight due to the consumption of healthy fats they will be consuming exercise has to happen to see the pounds budge. There are many pieces of literature out there to reference this diet, so getting ideas for recipes will not be hard at all.
The Mediterranean Diet can be pricey especially if you get fully immersed in the diet. Some bottles of wine can cost $60 or more and you have to remember that you will be looking at high quality olive oils, nuts, artichokes, and other goodies that can cost a pretty penny. The actual program won’t cost you anything though, so there is upside.
You can get away with eating and drinking less expensive products, but that comes with consequences. First, you will likely not enjoy the diet as much as cheaper foods and beverages are just, cheaper. Additionally, when you are not eating the right items that the Mediterranean Diet calls for, any weight loss that might be expected to occur will likely not. So, unless you want to spend a bit of money, and exercise regularly the Mediterranean Diet might not be the perfect diet for you.