Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet explained for beginners.
In this episode of Live Lean TV, I’m explaining the beginner details of the Mediterranean Diet, as well as sharing the Mediterranean Diet food pyramid.
The last diet I want to talk about is the Mediterranean Diet.
Let’s get into it.
If you’ve never heard of the Mediterranean Diet before, it’s basically how typical people of the Mediterranean eat.
Creative name, I know.
Studies have shown the Mediterranean Diet is linked to lowering the risk of cancer and disease, while also increasing longevity.
Win, win, and win.
Here’s how the Mediterranean Diet works.
When following a Mediterranean Diet, smaller meals, comprised of the following foods, are typically consumed throughout the day.
However, when it comes to whole grains, I’m not referring to the kind of whole grains found in your favorite boxed cereal.
I referring to real whole grains.
As you can see, the majority of the foods found in the Mediterranean Diet are those that we consumed approximately 30 years ago.
Here’s a look at a typical Mediterranean Diet food pyramid:
Based on the food list, the Mediterranean Diet is similar to my favorite way of eating, the Paleo Diet.
However, here’s the main difference between the Mediterranean Diet and the Paleo Diet.
The Mediterranean Diet does not include as much red meat as the Paleo Diet, and it includes more whole grains.
Although it’s not exactly like the foods our cavemen ancestors ate, it is much better than the processed laboratory food most people eat today.
However, numerous studies show a higher protein diet, like the Paleo Diet, is more effective for fat loss and muscle gain than the Mediterranean Diet.
If for some reason you just don’t have the temporary will power to give up your whole grains, the Mediterranean diet is a decent option.
But trust me, you will only need temporary will power, because your body will eventually adapt to not craving refined carbohydrates anymore.
Food marketers are in the business of feeding the world.
They’re not in the business of nourishing the world.
Think about this the next time you’re eating.
Are you feeding yourself or are you nourishing yourself?
Make the right call.
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