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Calories and Diet Plans

Updated on June 27, 2012
Mediterranean Diet
Mediterranean Diet

There are many diet plans out there by diet gurus, all with a M.D. after their name, all pushing their books or DVD's. Some work but most don't. What usually happens is that you lose initial weight just to have it return over time. Aggravating.

Now, a new study shows that a diet based on healthy carbs, not low fat or low carb diet, seem to offer the best chance to lose pounds and keep it off. One could call it the Mediterranean diet plan, but what is it.

The Mediterranean diet consists of :

  • Fish
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Brown rice
  • Almonds
  • Beans
  • Olive oil

Previous studies showed that to lose weight the body needs to burn calories through activity and resting. The study placed groups on the low-fat diet where it was found that the diet actually increased triglyceride fat and lower levels of good cholesterol. Those on a carb diet had burned 300 more calories than the group on low fat diet after an hour of exercise. The downside was that the study showed that the diet increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Those on the Mediterranean diet burned 150 calories more per day than the low fat diet without ANY impact carbs or blood sugar levels and no increased risk of heart disease or diabetes.

So, go with the Mediterranean diet to lose weight that will stay off.

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