By Mediterranean diet we mean a lifestyle, first recognized by UNESCO in 2010, that allows a psychophysical well-being through the use of a nutritional model widespread in many countries of the Mediterranean basin, exemplified by Italy.
The concept of the Mediterranean diet was first introduced in the 1950s by the American nutritionist A. Keys who studied and demonstrated how it had beneficial effects on people’s health and life expectancy. Focusing in particular on loss and control of weight, healthy heart and nervous system, prevention of cancer, chronic diseases and prevention of diabetes.
The Mediterranean diet has a heterogeneous and varied menu enhanced by physical activity. It is based, as shown on the food pyramid, on frequent consumption and quantity of food throughout the day as follows:
- 60% carbohydrates (especially cereals and legumes with low glycemic index)
- 25-30% fats (in particular unsaturated fats such as EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL)
- 10-15% protein (both of vegetable and animal origin, favoring lean meats)
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Before starting any diet, you should consult with your doctor.
- After a checkup from your doctor, do some physical activity every day appropriate to your needs (for beginners we recommend a brisk, 30-minute open air walk, using stairs instead of elevator and getting off subway at least one stop before yours and walking).
- Use appropriate clothing when working out, use correct shoes and dress in layers, using breathable cotton clothing.
- Better to work out in company than alone, this way you are motivated to work out and remember… in numbers there is strength.
- Drink at least 8 oz. room temperature water per day.
- Avoid drinking sugary and carbonated drinks like soda, consume alcohol in moderation.