A Mediterranean diet may help you lose weight. It is rich in olive oil, nuts and seeds, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. It limits saturated fats and red meat.
With all diets, there are two important rules to follow:
- You must eat fewer calories than you burn
- You must stick to your diet
If you follow these rules, this diet may help you reduce your weight and waist circumference. Studies show that the more you adhere to the diet, the more weight you may lose. For example, if you replace your saturated fats with unsaturated fats, you may already see weight loss.
Experts compared the Mediterranean diet to other diets. Some found that the Mediterranean diet is more effective than a low-fat diet. Others found that it is just as effective as other diets, like a low-carb diet. So, if your goal is weight loss, the Mediterranean diet may help. Just know, it may not help any more than other diets can.
Talk to your doctor about more ways you can manage your weight.
Try it! Lose weight with the Mediterranean diet!