A 'green' Mediterranean diet could lead to more weight loss, study finds
The Mediterranean diet is regarded as one of the healthiest diets to follow, but what happens when you follow a 'greener' version of it?
“The main message of this study is that a Mediterranean diet further restricted in red meat consumption and with a parallel increase in green-plant–based protein with high polyphenol and phytosterols content may provide greater cardiometabolic protection compared to a healthy Mediterranean diet and it will aid in reducing LDL-cholesterol,” said study co-author Iris Shai, a professor of epidemiology and public health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel and an adjunct professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
“This was especially remarkable in the unusual and significant 4% reduction in 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) and a 20% regression in low-grade systemic inflammation,” Shai said in an email.To explore whether the green form of the Mediterranean diet might be superior to the original, Shai and her colleagues rounded up 294 sedentary and moderately obese adults whose average age was 51 and randomly assigned them to one of three groups.
Sept. 8, 202004:53The first group received guidance on boosting physical activity and achieving a healthful diet; the second, got the same encouragement to increase physical activity plus advice on following the traditional Mediterranean diet with calories restricted to 1,500 to 1,800 per day for men and 1,200 to 1,400 per day for women; and the third group received the same physical activity advice plus advice on following the green Mediterranean diet with the same calorie restrictions as the second group. headtopics.comRead more: »
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Of course you'll lose weight eating a lot of shrubs. I've been doing MD (apparently the green version) since March. I feel amazing, it's easy to follow and down 25 lbs. Definitely going to continue it throughout 2021. 👍 This diet’s not working for all the people in the Mediterranean. I’ve been to several of the countries there & the people are kind of THICK & the women have moustaches.