We covered many different celebrity diets. The Mediterranean Diet, however, is one of the trendiest – and perhaps one of the most sustainable – celebrity diets. Celebrities from Brooke Burke to celebrity chef, Rachel Ray, are flocking to this diet whose principal aspects include high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables; moderate consumption of dairy products, fish, and wine; and low consumption of meat.
And according to our guest correspondent, Eva Alexander, here is what everybody ought to know about the Mediterranean Diet.
a) Mediterranean diet is high in fat content. Can people enjoy weight loss and optimum weight management if they follow this diet?
While this diet is high in fats, the fats consist of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are healthy fats needed by your body. In contrast, the typical American diet is rich in saturated fats. It should be noted also that fat content in your diet does not determine weight loss. It is your calorie consumption that will generally influence weight loss and optimum weight management. Although a Mediterranean diet provides lots of healthy benefits, it is still essential to lower your calorie consumption to achieve better results.
b) What makes a Mediterranean diet different from the common American diet?
Americans consume high numbers of red meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy, while Mediterraneans consume very little. The diet also differs from the typical American diet through its dependence on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, olive oil, beans, breads, cereals, and potatoes.
c) Explain why the incidence of heart disease is lower in the Mediterranean?
Diet is a major factor in lowering the incidences of heart disease in the Mediterranean region. This has been proven by research and studies conducted by health and diet experts. Another big factor is the holistic approach of the Mediterranean diet. This diet does not only focus on foods but on maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well.
d) Is exercise still required if one is following a Mediterranean diet?
Of course, exercise is one of the most crucial aspects of this diet. When this diet was developed in the sixties, exercise and physical activity were part of the culture of the Mediterranean people. The development of the Mediterranean diet institutionalized the correct food choices and holistic lifestyle. With this diet, a daily walk for an hour and a weekly whole-body workout are necessary.
e) How a Mediterranean diet differ from a Low-Carb diet?
A Mediterranean diet is substantially different from low-carb diet. For one thing, the Mediterranean program has a lower protein component. You will only get 15 percent of your calories from protein while following this lifestyle.
f) Wine is a regular feature of a Mediterranean diet. Is there a recommended amount for wine consumption each day?
The rule of thumb is to consume wine in moderate amounts. Men should get 5 percent of their daily calorie intake from wine. For women, the calorie consumption from wine should be 2.5 percent.
g) Final Tips
As with Brooke Burke and Rachel Ray, the Mediterranean lifestyle is your way to achieve good health. You need to include foods in your diet that are rich in Omega 3, root crops, and vegetable oils. Combine these with breads, cereals, and fruits and you can prevent heart disease.
For more on the Mediterranean Diet, check out Eva’s Mediterranean Diet Blog, her personal hobby blog focused on tips to eat healthy the Mediterranean way. And be sure to read some of the other trendy celebrity diets we’ve covered in the past.