Each year, an estimated 45 million Americans spend $33 billion on dieting and weight loss.
But what if we told you there was a cheaper/better way, with thousands of years of evidence on its side?
The Mediterranean eating pattern developed organically, with people only eating what was available to them. This meant a steady “diet” of fruits, vegetables, oats, grains, and oils from the land with fish from the sea.
This has been a way of life for them for centuries. Then finally, in the 1950’s, we started paying attention.
Ancel Keys at the University of Minnesota wondered how the population in Southern Italy could be so much healthier than the citizens of New York, even though a lot of those same New York citizens immigrated from Southern Italy.
Then began the “Seven Countries Study” to document the relationship between lifestyle, nutrition, and cardiovascular disease. As it turns out, the Mediterranean region had been doing it right all along!
Dr. Keys labeled it a “diet” because we didn’t know what else to call it. The people who live it every day don’t call it a diet. It’s normal for them. It’s routine. It’s who they are.
So, how do we replicate it for ourselves? It might be easier than you think. One relatively cheap trip the grocery store will have you covered!
Oatmeal, cereal, eggs, whole grain bread, nuts, beans, rice, and pasta, along with your favorite fruits and vegetables.
Combined with exercise, your new eating pattern will help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help you lose weight. And if we’re looking for a “diet,” isn’t that the ultimate goal?