And the award for the BEST overall diet goes to…The Mediterranean diet
According to the U.S. News & World Report, the Mediterranean Diet takes the top spot in four different rankings including Best Diets Overall, Easiest Diets to Follow, Best Diabetes Diets, and Best Plant-Based Diets.
Mediterranean diet Awarded “Best Overall Diet” by US News And World Report”
While it’s called the “Mediterranean” Diet, it is not about counting calories and cutting out certain foods, it’s more about focusing on flexibility.
And this makes it an easier plan to follow.
A survey from the company, America’s Test Kitchen, asked over 230 people who follow the diet some questions about the positive things that have come from the Mediterranean Diet.
Because these people are eating protein ladened, nourishing foods like fish, veggies, chickpeas, seeds, nuts, olive oil, grains, they are not only experiencing weight loss, but they are enjoying a host of other exciting side effects along the way. Here’s what they said:
- Experiencing more energy and better sleep
- Exercise performance is better and more enjoyable
- Those who followed it say they enjoy cooking meals more than before
- Better skin. By eating fewer sweets, red meat, and dairy in addition to more vegetables and healthy fats, many experienced clearer skin.
Seared Tuna with melon and avocado, a family staple
The medical community has chimed in with undeniable benefits as well with these side affects that are not seen by other restrictive diets;
Increased brain health.
Rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and other brain health-supporting nutrients, the Mediterranean Diet is one that has been shown to be linked to better brain agility and reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Longer life. According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the Mediterranean Diet was linked to a reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke
Stronger bones. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Olive oil and the Mediterranean’s inclusion of healthy fats makes for healthy bone-building.
No guilt – mediterranean appetizer spread at Suraya’s, one of our fave Philly restaurants
Eating less to lose weight?
If you’re looking to lose a few lbs., the key is to eat better, not less. Crash dieting may have worked when you were a teenager, but it only worsens the situation as we age.
When you suddenly deprive your body of food, your body naturally goes into shock and starts eating away at muscle – which is already deteriorating as we age. Initially you might lose a few lbs, but the muscle loss will cause the weight to eventually come back. This time it will be harder to lose.
The only way back to a more fit physique is to do the work in the kitchen and at the gym…And the best way to make it stick for the long term is to make it a fun and yummy lifestyle tweak while you’re at it.