Every day, the statistics for overweight people in the United States go up. The numbers have been above 70% since 2010, and they are estimated to reach 75% by 2015. Obesity is around 34%, with an estimated 50% of the population morbidly obese by 2030. That’s a full half of the population of the United States ranked as grossly overweight. The humorous photos of fat-wrinkled people in automatic wheelchairs driving through the McDonald’s drive-through aren’t just a joke anymore; they are a reality.
But what is The Mediterranean Diet? At its core it is really nothing more than a combination of foods. But it also combines aspects of The Mediterranean Lifestyle, which include a relaxed pace of life that includes a daily siesta along with plenty of physical activity. And unlike Western fad diets, it’s not about starving yourself or eliminating carbs or trans fats or going on liquid diet. It’s about eating the right kinds of foods combined together, utilizing both portion control along with food combination principles.
According to Harvard University’s Dr. Walter Willet’s School of Public Health, The Mediterranean Diet is a diet plan that emphasizes “abundant plant foods, fresh fruit as the typical daily dessert, olive oil as the principal source of fat, dairy products (principally cheese and yogurt), and fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts, zero to four eggs consumed weekly, red meat consumed in low amounts, and wine consumed in low to moderate amounts”.
The Mediterranean diet also includes a number of other beneficial components, ranging from the probiotics and calcium found in raw yogurt and raw cheese, not to mention the enzymes and various vitamins that can be found in raw vegetables and fruits. Fiber comes from grains, and there are high levels of antioxidants (which act as anti-aging elements, along with other beneficial properties) in the wine and other fruits and vegetables. In short, it is a total combination of ingredients.
Although the technical side of things may seem a bid mind-boggling to the first-timer, the most important aspects of The Mediterranean Diet is that the tangible evidence is visible within mere days of starting the routine. Weight loss is the first noticeable difference, as well as increased energy due to a higher metabolism, and you will notice that your body begins needing less sleep, you have higher levels of energy, higher levels of cognitive function, higher levels of sex drive and productivity, and a generally better outlook on things because your endorphin levels are higher because of all the good stuff you are putting into your body. Think of it like a car. When you put a low grade gasoline into the car, the engine tends to sputter and ping, but when you put high quality racing fuel into the engine, she purrs like a kitten and responds within an instant of your foot hitting the pedal. Your body is an incredible force of nature, and when you put good things in you, you can expect good things to happen.
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