Can I Really Lose Weight On The Mediterranean Diet?
- Can you really lose weight on the Mediterranean diet, especially when you’re allowed to drink wine and eat pasta?
- The Mediterranean diet is different than a traditional “diet plan” as we’re following the eating patterns of the people who live in the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea.
- Using spices and herbs that they’d use to flavor their foods differently (less calories from fat or carbs).
- Lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes, seeds, beans, and a lot of olive oil.
- Red wine in moderation. CHANGING THE WAY WE RELATE TO FOOD (PROPER DIETING).
Well the answer is yes and no and I will explain in a moment but please just take a second to subscribe to my channel and share this video with your friends because it really helps me a lot thank you with any diet what you put into it is what you get out of it the Mediterranean diet is not a diet the way we associate that word in the United States because normally we event diet you know will will go on a specific regimen for a couple of weeks leading up to an event you know we have a reunion to go to or a wedding or we’re going on a vacation so we can drop a few pounds and we feel good about ourselves but then when we get back from that event we go back to our normal way of eating and then you kind of gain the weight back right we’ve all been there I’ve tried many diets do you remember the cabbage soup diet have you ever tried it it’s that soup that kind of the first time you eat it you’re like this isn’t so bad I can do this for a week then you eat the soup a second time you’re like I don’t really want any more the soup and then the third time you’re kind of gagging over the soup or I’ve tried the Atkins diet where you kind of cut out most of the carbs in your diet and it just left me feeling weak and I’ve even made up a few diets of my own I remember one crazy diet I went on where I tried to only eat foods that didn’t take up space in my stomach it’s crazy right yes it’s crazy the Mediterranean diet is different we’re following the eating patterns of the people who live in the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea so while they all have their own spices and herbs that they’d like to use and they flavor their foods differently they all use the same basic principles they eat lots of vegetables fruits whole grains nuts and legumes seeds beans a lot of olive oil a little bit of red wine and a lot of moderation but there is more to the Mediterranean lifestyle than just food it’s also about getting physical activity it’s about slowing down and enjoying life and it’s about sharing your time with your family and friends and getting human connection it’s about caring about yourself and others it’s about respect so while you can eat all these fabulous foods too much of a good thing can still be too much of a good thing when I first started my journey on the Mediterranean diet I was eating all these wonderful foods but I still wasn’t losing weight so I realized I was still eating too much food even though it was good food and I was still drinking too much wine [Music] so I tried a one-month experiment where I wholly devoted myself to the Mediterranean lifestyle and I saw dramatic results I’ve recorded this entire month and you can watch I’ll put a link up here to the playlist because I recorded every single day that month of what I ate and what activities that I did in the last video in that series I share exactly how much weight I lost and how many inches and it was amazingly easy I felt so good we’re used to eating much larger portions in the United States when you start eating whole grains and beans and healthy fats you stay full longer you really do you can eat less food and still feel satisfied but you have to get used to taking a little less on your plate our portion sizes are habits and like any habit you can create new ones it just takes practice so when I talk about how you don’t have to deny yourself anything on the Mediterranean diet what I mean is you can have a glass of red wine with dinner but don’t have three glasses of red wine with dinner and you can eat pasta but make it a small plate or a side dish then take a walk afterwards or maybe share your meals with your friends use your best china and the glasses that you only pull out on the holidays you know not every day but more often than you normally would make it an event set aside time for meals and make a rule where you don’t use your phone or any kind of device during dinner enjoy each other’s company talk about your day tell stories and laugh and just eat slowly enjoy the time some of my fondest memories of my childhood were formed around the kitchen table laughing and eating with my family so yes you can lose weight on the Mediterranean diet but you have to practice it and it takes time learning how to take time for yourself but you’re worth it and to be honest your life depends on it.