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The Fairest Diet of Them All
Any idea what could be the healthiest diet of them all?
Wait…for…it…ding ding ding, we have a winner! It’s the Mediterranean Diet!
In case you haven’t heard of it, the Mediterranean Diet isn’t a regimented diet like Weight Watchers, but rather a way of life. It revolves around vegetables, fruits, beans, grains and fish, with olive oil being the primary fat and wine being the way to wash it all down. In other words, it contrasts greatly with the common American diet that relies on saturated fat, red meat and a lot of dairy for calories.
In addition to substantial scientific evidence for the healthiness of the Mediterranean way of eating (it's been proven to decrease the risk of many diseases), its stand-out feature is that it’s a lifestyle, not just a set of eating habits. As Peter Libby, M.D. says, "It’s a mistake to think of a diet as a temporary measure; instead, it is a lifetime commitment to healthy choices.” Fortunately, the Mediterranean Diet consists of tasty and healthy foods you can commit to eating indefinitely!
That’s the key word: “indefinitely.” If you can’t envision sticking to the cabbage diet, Atkins or even a restricted diet you create for yourself for the long-term, then those short-term gains (well, losses!) will inevitably be reversed. Scroll up and look at the food types involved again. Which do you favor? How many of them make up your daily intake? Which can be turned into a fulfilling snack that would win out over cake or cookies? [Nytimes.com]