Low Carb Diet is considered to be the ultimate when it comes to weight loss. Earlier this year, we did an experiment to find out how good it was and it did not disappoint. But what we also discovered was that it can become quite monotonous and your palate might end up hating you for it.
A recently concluded study on weight loss, Harvard places the Mediterranean Diet right up there with the Low Carb Diet and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diet (Ref1).
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Some staples of the Mediterranean Diet which you can include in your every day meals:
- Nuts, Seeds and Legumes: High in minerals, proteins and very healthy for your heart. See our healthy Chia Seed Pudding Recipe.
- Olive oil and Olives: The mono unsaturated fats in these are again great for your heart, so pour over your salads instead of using those fatty mayo dressings.
- Whole Grains: like Quinoa, Buckwheat, Oats, Polenta, Millets, etc. The mediterranean diet is not found lacking in carbs mainly from the healthy whole grains.
- Fish and other seafood: Great sources of proteins and not too high in calories, fish can be part of any great weight loss plan.
- Dried Fruits and other fruits: Raisins, dried apricots, avocados, figs, apples, pomegranates, etc find their way into main course dishes in this diet. Add them to your rice and salads and they will enhance the taste manifolds.
- Red wine: Wine in moderation is great for digestion and packs a lot of anti-oxidants (Ref2). Just make sure you have read our Guide to Drinking Smart before you open that bottle!
PS: The ADA Diet (just in case you are wondering), places emphasis on foods rich in nutrients and fibre over processed products. It is suitable for everyone and is not just for diabetics. Read more about it on ADA’s website here.
Ref1: Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss. Harvard Health Publications. Last accessed Apr 2016.
Ref2: Moderate Intake of Some Red Wines May Improve Digestive Health. WebMD. Last accessed Apr 2016.