Not all diets have to be classed as low carb, low fat, or low calorie. Some simply focus on healthy, balanced eating, cutting out foods which are bad for you, while promoting fruit and vegetables.
It is recommended to talk to your doctor before you begin a diet.
The Mediterranean diet often receives plenty of praise from scientific studies, and refers to the traditional diet of people who live in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean diet includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish, olive oil, nuts, beans and cereal grains, as well as recommending a moderate consumption of wine.
To make your diet more Mediterranean, cut down on red meat and processed food, whilst increasing the amount of starchy food (such as pasta and bread) and the other aforementioned foods. The diet is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
One of the main reasons a Mediterranean diet is associated with many health benefits is down to its high vegetable content. A number of studies have confirmed a Mediterranean diet can benefit your health, improving cholesterol levels and your heart health.
However, there are cons of the Mediterranean diet too. The diet is often quite vague, saying “eat a low to moderate amount of…”, instead of specifying exact amounts. It also recommends one or two glasses of wine each day, which is not suitable for pregnant women, people with certain religious beliefs, or some people who take medication.
This lack of structure compared to other plans such as the Slimming World diet, which offer support and guidelines to you, can be a drawback to a Mediterranean diet, which requires you to do it all yourself.