Welcome to the lifestyle that health experts call, “The Best Diet”.
The Mediterranean Diet was ranked as the BEST DIET OVERALL by US News and World Report for the 3rd year in a row in 2020! This means that the Mediterranean Diet beat out other diets like Keto, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Vegetarian, Vegan, Whole 30, and 35 other diets to claim the top spot.
From the US News website: “The Mediterranean Diet may offer a host of health benefits, including weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control. By following the Mediterranean Diet, you could also keep that weight off while avoiding chronic disease.”
Ranks TOP in many categories
The Mediterranean Diet also took the top ranking for several other important categories, including:
- #1 Best Diabetes Diet (coming ahead of the DASH Diet)
- #1 Best Plant-Based Diet (coming ahead of Vegetarian and Vegan)
- #1 Best Diet for Healthy Eating (coming ahead of every other diet)
- #1 in Easiest Diet to Follow (coming ahead of every other diet)
By now it is probably becoming evident that experts agree that the Mediterranean Diet is one of the best options for many people looking to maintain or improve their health! Let’s take a look at why a Mediterranean Lifestyle is so great.
Backed by Research
Back in the 1960s, scientists and doctors started trying to determine risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Heart attack and stroke are the leading causes of death in the world. What researchers noticed was that people from Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Italy had fewer cases of deaths caused by heart disease than other places around the world. After studying this phenomenon, the scientists and doctors concluded that people from these regions all eat a similar style of diet and live in a similar fashion. It seemed that the principles of this way of eating and living were protecting the people from risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. This is what launched the Mediterranean Lifestyle phenomenon. Read about the study here.
With research piling up since the 50’s, the Mediterranean Diet is becoming world renowned for its major health benefits including:
- Decreased risk of heart disease and type two diabetes
- Increased longevity
- Cancer prevention
- Weight loss
- Increased energy and mood
Rather than focusing on food restrictions or consumption of only a few specific foods, the Mediterranean Diet emphasizes an eating pattern rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The ability to eat a variety of foods in moderation, rather than counting calories or macros, restricting specific foods or the time of day you can eat, allows for greater flexibility and acceptability in incorporating this lifestyle into your day to day life – leading to lifelong good health for the entire family!
More than A Diet
While many people say, “Mediterranean Diet”, it is more accurate to say, “Mediterranean Lifestyle”. This is because the term “diet” generally refers to temporary nutritional changes or restrictions that lead to short-term results. Lifestyle, on the other hand, is a moderate way of eating that will lead to steady, long-term health and weight benefits. Following the Mediterranean Lifestyle principles will allow you to optimize the health of your entire family!
We call it a lifestyle because this is a way of living and incorporating whole food groups, limiting sugar and processed foods, engaging in regular physical activity, decreasing stress, and enjoying meals with friends and family, all of which have been linked to improved mood and overall health.
Ready to start incorporating Mediterranean Principles?