A high-fat Mediterranean diet promotes weight loss and prevents cancer, diabetes and heart disease, say scientists.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados, high-quality proteins, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The diet is based on the traditional eating plans of Italian, Greek, Spanish, and other Mediterranean cultures.
A Mediterranean-style diet that places no restrictions on “healthy fats” (such as olive oil, salmon, pastured butter and nuts) has been shown to prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and aid weight loss, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The Mediterranean diet has been shown to promote weight loss, longevity and dramatically curb inflammation.
A five-year study by the University of Navarra in Spain found the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent.
The study examined 8,000 men and women in their 60s and 70s and found that individuals on a high-fat Mediterranean diet had dramatically less buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries compared with those on a low-fat diet.
Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito credited his Pound a Day Diet, a Mediterranean-style eating plan, for his 50-pound weight loss and improved health.
The 6-foot-1 Rocco slimmed down from 230 pounds to 180 pounds, and now boasts an enviable 10% body fat — at age 49. DiSpirito shared his weight loss secrets in her bestseller, The Negative Calorie Diet.
Similarly, TV host Maria Menounos credited a Mediterranean-based diet for her 40-pound weight loss and stunning bikini body.
Maria’s daily meal plan features Greek yogurt with blueberries for breakfast; a Mediterranean salad with olives, chicken and feta cheese for lunch; and vegetarian chicken teriyaki with peas and cauliflower for dinner.
Maria — who was once a size 14 — is now a size 4, she revealed in her book The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness.
Previous studies also showed that people who followed a Mediterranean diet also had fewer degenerative diseases like dementia and lived longer than those who followed other eating plans.
“We were surprised because of the great magnitude [of the link between the diet and health],” said Miguel Martínez-Gonzalez, who led a recent study.
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