^^^ Huge statement, right there from Professor Giovanni de Gaetano, who recently was involved in a study that found:
* those who ate mainly along Mediterranean lines were 37% less likely to die during the study than those who were furthest from this dietary pattern, after adjusting for age, sex, class, exercise and other habits *
And by Mediterranean diet, we mean: Lean meats, red wine, coffee, fish, olive oil, fruits, olive oil, veggies and more olive oil, legumes and wholegrains.
^^^ and regarding the Mediterranen diet and pasta…isn’t it interesting that spaghetti / pasta / wheat based dishes are all FIRST courses in Italy, with the second course being a meat and veg based dish?
But despite this, is the Mediterranean diet actually 'the best'?
is it that they have a set of habits and principles which simply help you make better-informed, more intelligent decisions about the things you do every day, such as:
* Not restricting foods.
* Not practicing EXTREME ‘all or nothing’ approaches to nutrition.
^^^ Which is something I was chatting to a Fat Loss Mastery Body Transformation member recently about as she'd tried them all (Cambridge, Herbal Life, Aloe Vera...and - of course, slimming clubs)
* SITTING DOWN to eat their meals
* Cooking most of their foods.
* Not scrolling through Facebook and instagram or reading emails from dodgy nutritionists (me) whilst eating
In fact...one study in 2013 showed that nutritional knowledge was associated with a ‘Mediterranen style’ diet
And that the more knowledge someone had about nutrition, the less likely they were to carry unwanted tummy fat...
So, am I saying that everyone should follow a Mediterranean diet?
We all have our different food likes, work / home lives, genetics etc. which can impact this.
But what I am saying is that following the Mediterranean style is probably a good place to start. After all, few can argue with:
1) No longer restricting food groups (unless you have an intolerance or an allergy. More on that another day) so you are less likely to be deficient in nutrients and less likely to binge eat (and pile the weight back on)
2) Having more knowledge about how different types and amounts of foods make you look and feel so you can enjoy your favourite foods and not be the one at the family party who ‘can’t eat this’ and ‘can’t eat that’ because you’re on a diet…
3) Sitting down and being 'present' when you eat so you can slow down and take back control of mindless eating habits that mean the weight slowly creeps on...
Just like few can argue with more veggies, fruits, lean meats, fish, olive oil…And - your favourite -wine!! Not to mention, the coffee 🙂
Apply the principles above?
And you'll probably feel more full and satisfied so you’ll stop binging and feel in CONTROL (something most diets don’t consider), have more energy so you can move more and do more FUN things (after all, how do you feel when you have fun?), and stress less about ‘ruining your diet’ when you’re supposed to be enjoying a meal and a few drinks with your friends and family
^^^ As is the case with members on my Fat Loss Mastery Body Transformation Programme.
Matt 'whens your Dolmio Day?' Fruci
Helping Busy Ladies Think Differently And Get Their Bodies Back for Good!