Why The The Greek Diet® Can Help With Health & Fat Loss

The traditional Greek Diet has several characteristics that set it apart from other popular diet, health and fat loss programs. Here at the official website of The Greek Diet™ book, our goal is to provide you with the most accurate and comprehensive information about The Greek Diet and how it can help you improve your health, reduce your body fat, maintain a healthy weight and enjoy a nutrition plan that has been proven to work in countries all around the Mediterranean sea.

The main characteristics of The Greek Diet are the following:

– High consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and a variety of spices.
– Use of fresh and seasonally grown, locally produced, unprocessed foods. – The main sources of dietary fats are extra virgin olive oil and locally caught fresh fish.
– Frequent consumption of fish and other local seafood.
– Most people enjoy wine with their meals.
– Consumption of some dairy products like cheese and yogurt.
– Red meat and eggs are consumed in smaller quantities and lower frequencies.

So how can these characteristics help you with fat loss and health?

a) The high consumption of fruits and vegetables, legumes and other plant based foods provide a big amount of fiber. This in turn increases satiety.
b) The Greek Diet™ emphasizes consumption of healthy fats. Along with the low energy density, the higher fat content will not lead to increased fat storage.
c) The quality of the fats is key. The Greek Diet™ is low in saturated and trans fats but super high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, found in fish and nuts.
d) The Greek Diet™ is really easy to follow due to it’s variety in health foods. There isn’t one food group that is excluded and it is not a low carb or low fat diet.
e) Big consumption of olive oil. Research has shown that olive oil can help control body fat and it is less likely to cause weight gain as compared to saturated fats.
f) High micronutrient density, due to the fact that The Greek Diet™ is high in fruit and vegetable consumption.

A complete guide to The Greek Diet™ can be found in the brand new Greek Diet Book which is available to pre-order by clicking here.

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Weight Loss Benefits Of A Mediterranean Style Diet

When we think about a Mediterranean style diet, like The Greek Diet, most of us imagine sitting in a traditional Greek restaurant by the sea, dining on delicious meals that included fresh fish and mouthwatering, locally grown vegetables, along with crusty warm whole wheat bread dipped in olive oil, and oh yeah, let’s not forget the wine! You can even eat pasta! Sound’s fantastic doesn’t it? Well, if you follow the Mediterranean Diet you can eat like this every day (in moderation of course), improve your health, and best of all lose weight.

One thing to remember is that the word “diet” is in fact misleading when it comes to the Mediterranean way of eating; this isn’t the standard “diet” program like the familiar plans that are always on TV these days. It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about sustainable weight loss, focusing on your overall health, and enjoying your meals.

The Mediterranean diet is a habitual form of eating that for decades has been associated with extended life span and lower rates of a variety of chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, several cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, asthma and even dementia. There isn’t another diet out there that can legitimately claim to do the same. It just makes sense that if you want to lose weight and keep if off that you follow an eating plan that has the potential of making you healthier and prolonging your life as well. There is a ton of research out there that has shown the potential benefits of The Greek Diet or another Mediterranean style nutrition approach.

The Mediterranean diet is a complete and well balanced plan based on filling, smart (and tasty) food choices that will keep your hunger at bay and leave you feeling satisfied energized. It’s a weight loss plan rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seeds, beans, and nuts, providing healthy levels of micronutrients, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. The plan also requires that you use extra virgin olive oil as your fat intake. Extra virgin olive oil is a highly digestible fat that is capable of aiding in the digestion of other unhealthy fats. Recent research has also suggested that olive oil is the key to the actual health benefits garnered by following the Mediterranean diet due to its phenol content, a group of weak acidic elements that repress the genes that result in inflammation, thereby decreasing the risk of arthritis and heart disease.

What makes the Mediterranean diet work isn’t just eating the suggested food choices; it’s consuming the proper combination of main essential nutrients like antioxidants and fiber which ultimately lead to a lower overall caloric intake. Nutritional experts always put an emphasis on the importance of feeling satisfied, the feeling that you’ve had enough to eat. With the Mediterranean diet, hunger is never an issue because fiber is filling and you’ll get plenty of it on this weight loss plan. Also you’ll lose weight a lot faster if you only consume a moderate amount of animal products.

Why not reap the rewards of the many weight loss benefits of the Mediterranean Diet? If you want to slim down and boost your overall health, the Mediterranean diet could be the answer for you.

What Is So Special About The Diet From Greece?

A study from 2001, by Artemis Simopoulos of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington, DC, explains in detail why The Greek Diet™ and nutrition program is unique among other Mediterranean counties. The Greek Diet has some unique characteristics, according to the text below.

The Mediterranean Diets: What Is So Special about the Diet of Greece? The Scientific Evidence.
by Artemis P. Simopoulos, The Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health, Washington, DC.

The term “Mediterranean diet,” implying that all Mediterranean people have the same diet, is a misnomer. The countries around the Mediterranean basin have different diets, religions and cultures. Their diets differ in the amount of total fat, olive oil, type of meat and wine intake; milk vs. cheese; fruits and vegetables; and the rates of coronary heart disease and cancer, with the lower death rates and longer life expectancy occurring in Greece.

Extensive studies on the traditional diet of Greece (the diet before 1960) indicate that the dietary pattern of Greeks consists of a high intake of fruits, vegetables (particularly wild plants), nuts and cereals mostly in the form of sourdough bread rather than pasta; more olive oil and olives; less milk but more cheese; more fish; less meat; and moderate amounts of wine, more so than other Mediterranean countries.

Analyses of the dietary pattern of the diet of Crete shows a number of protective substances, such as selenium, glutathione, a balanced ratio of (n-6):(n-3) essential fatty acids (EFA), high amounts of fiber, antioxidants (especially resveratrol from wine and polyphenols from olive oil), vitamins E and C, some of which have been shown to be associated with lower risk of cancer, including cancer of the breast. These findings should serve as a strong incentive for the initiation of intervention trials that will test the effect of specific dietary patterns in the prevention and management of patients with cancer.

 

Welcome To The Greek Diet® Official Website

Welcome to The Greek Diet® official website, home of  The Greek Diet book. Here you will find all the information you need about the brand new book, how you can get it and how you can become a member of our online fitness coaching, Greek style. Feel free to browse and read through our pages and learn more about the great nutrition principles that have their roots from ancient and modern Greece. The Greek lifestyle and Greek diet along with the recommended exercise & fitness regimens can help you change your body, lose excess body fat, become healthier and most importantly live a better life. Thank you for visiting!