Recent research has indicated that the UK may be better prepared to significantly reduce obesity levels by adopting diets similar to the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is different to many other fad diets that have gained popularity over the years, including the Atkins diet and 5:2 diet.
The Mediterranean diet focuses on the long-term benefits associated with food. It incorporates maximising vegetable intake, limiting red meat intake whilst substituting this for fish and chicken. Cutting out highly processed foods and limiting alcohol intake. Pretty straightforward stuff!
By reducing and even cutting out these specific types of foods, the body is able to digest this more easily and convert this in to active energy, rather than storing as fat. Dr Aseem Malhortra stated “What’s happened is the food industry have exploited this low fat message, which has been unhelpful unfortunately, and people are now consuming much more sugar.” “We know the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is higher in fat, proven from randomised controlled trials, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke even with months of implementation.” According to research conducted by Cecilia Samieri, found that 40% of those trialling the diet are more likely to live beyond 70 and have a healthy life.
With obesity rates soaring across the globe, we’re all accountable for our own actions. Going back to basics and incorporating a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet may be a lifeline for those dieters that have yo-yoed with their weight.