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MEDITERRANEAN DIET

It’s generally accepted that the folks in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments. The not-so-surprising secret is an active lifestyle, weight control, and a diet low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts and other healthful foods. The Mediterranean Diet may offer a host of health benefits, including weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control. By following the Mediterranean Diet, you could also keep that weight off while avoiding chronic disease.

There isn’t “a” Mediterranean diet. Greeks eat differently from Italians, who eat differently from the French and Spanish. But they share many of the same principles. Working with the Harvard School of Public Health, Old ways, a non-profit food think tank in Boston, developed a consumer-friendly Mediterranean diet pyramid that offers guidelines on how to fill your plate – and maybe wineglass – the Mediterranean way.

keto Diet

The Keto Diet (also known as the ketone diet, ketogenic diet or low carb diet) is well known for being a low carb, high fat diet. “The core of the ketogenic diet is severely restricting intake of all or most foods with sugar and starch (carbohydrates). These foods are broken down into sugar (insulin and glucose) in our blood once we eat them, and if these levels become too high, extra calories are much more easily stored as body fat and results in unwanted weight gain.” When carbohydrates are not consumed, your body does not have enough glucose for fuel to process into energy. Instead, your body goes into survival mode and is forced into a metabolic state resulting in a buildup of acids or ketones. This results in a state known as ketosis in which your body burns stored fats. Ketogenic diets are meant to make it easier to lose weight. Here’s how a ketogenic diet works scientifically: “Rather than relying on counting calories, limiting portion sizes, resorting to extreme exercise or requiring lots of willpower (even in the face of drastically low energy levels), the ketogenic diet takes an entirely different approach to weight loss and health improvement. This diet has the greatest potential in bettering your health mentally and physically. Another important benefit is cognitive improvement. While sticking to the Keto Diet food plan, you’ll find yourself more decisive and energized. In turn giving you more energy and motivation to stay active and hit the gym.