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The Lazy Manís Way to Start the Mediterranean Diet 

a Guest article by Eva B. Alexander

It is widely known that Mediterranean diet has high fat content.  
Is weight loss still possible if people will follow this kind of diet?

While the Mediterranean diet is high in fat, it is high in the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated healthy fats, in contrast to diets rich in saturated fat. It is not the fat content that will determine weight loss on the Mediterranean diet. People who wish to eat the Mediterranean diet may experience other health benefits but still not lose weight if they do not lower their caloric intake.

What makes Mediterranean diet different from American diet?
Americans consume high numbers of red meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy, while the Mediterranean includes 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.

What is the effect of Mediterranean diet in lowering the incidence of heart disease? 
Mediterranean diet plays a crucial role in lowering cases of heart diseases.  Based on established research, this diet promotes a holistic approach so that you can have a healthier body. 

Does regular exercise has a place in the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle? 
Exercise plays an important role for Mediterranean diet.  When this diet was developed, the people of Mediterranean were already a big fan of exercise and physical activities.  This is the basis why Mediterranean diet includes regular exercises in its overall program.  Essentially, a daily one-hour walk is needed.  You should also perform once a week full body exercises. 

Is there a difference between a Low Carb Diet and Mediterranean Diet?
There is a sea of difference between these two diets.  With the Mediterranean diet, your protein consumption would be lower.  Normally, you will get 15 percent of your calorie consumption from the protein content of a Mediterranean diet.

Wine is a regular feature of the Mediterranean diet.  Is there a recommended amount for wine consumption each day?
Men should generally get 5 percent calories from wine while women should consume 2.5 percent calories.  As a rule, always drink wine in low to moderate amounts daily to enjoy best results. 

Final word of advice
Mediterranean diet is a good program that can help you achieve good health.  This type of diet can help prevent cardiovascular diseases.  The key is to eat foods that are rich in Omega 3 and combine these with root crops, vegetable, fruits, breads, and cereals. 

About the Author - Eva B. Alexander writes for the Mediterranean diet foods, her personal hobby blog focused on tips to eat healthy on the Mediterranean way.


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