Healthcare Professionals Recommend The Mediterranean Diet

Most of the diets handed down from healthcare professionals to their patients can be regarded by both parties as punishment for past excesses at times. The diets themselves are often Spartan regimes unrelieved by satisfactory or tasty foods, unfortunately.

The Mediterranean diet is very much so different. The variety of texture and taste, the bright colorful fruits, pulses and vegetables, the discovery of fish as a tasty and exciting alternative to meat makes the Mediterranean diet easy and satisfying to follow. All of this also makes this diet incredibly easy to recommend.

The following foods are recommended with this type of diet:

Bread, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice and Cereals

- Any that are filling but not necessarily fattening and should contribute half of the calories of the diet itself

- They should form from the largest part of the main course dish menu

- Be sure to add a wide variety of vegetables or salad and also smaller quantities of meat, fish or poultry

- Eat all types and choose wholegrain varieties where possible for extra fiber

Fruits & Vegetables

- Choose a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and eat at least five portions a day, not counting potatoes of course

- Fruit and green leafy vegetables are a great source of fiber, folic acid and vitamin C.

- Include seeds, pits, nuts and pulses. These are all great sources of essential fatty acids and soluble fiber, which is great for proper digestion.

- Orange, yellow and red fruits contain vitamins A, C E and also beta carotene and other antioxidants which helps to protect against heart disease.

Meats, Poultry and Fish

- Meat is a great, fantastic source of lean protein and also some vitamins and minerals, but fatty meat is high in saturated fats.

- Be sure to choose lower fat alternatives such as fish, lean red meat and poultry.

- Oily fish is a great source of essential fatty acids which may help protect against heart disease.

- Be sure to include plenty of fish , including oily fish such as tuna, salmon, herring and mackerel a least 4 times a week.

Milk and Dairy Products

- Dairy products, including the low fat varieties are an excellent source of protein, minerals ,vitamins and especially calcium, which is needed for healthy bones.

- Whole milk, cheese, butter and cream are usually high in saturated far and also total fat

- Be sure to choose lower fat varieties, such as low- fat yoghurts, fromage frais, skimmed and semi skimmed milk

Olive oil

- Olive oil is the main source for fat in the Mediterranean diet and is a great, fantastic source of MUFA

- Olive oil is ideal for dressings, frying, baking, marinades for fish and meat, stir fries, etc.

Sugary and Fatty Foods:

- Eat only small amounts of cakes, pastries, chocolate, not too often of course

So as you can see, this is the perfect ,balanced diet for weightloss. It doesn't leave any of the most important nutrients as with diets such as the South Beach diet or Atkins diet that leaves out all major carbohydrates.