Have you ever wondered how men and women in Mediterranean countries always look so amazing, yet seem to live on a diet of bread, cheese, meat and seafood washed down with plenty of red wine?
The truth is, a typical Mediterranean diet is packed with fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, fish, poultry and is low in red meat, butter, cream. In addition, takeout and processed food like pre-packed sandwiches, microwave meals, cookies and candies are not their favor.
Want a Taste of Med?
You too can follow a Mediterranean diet by upping your fiber (try a portion of berries at breakfast or an extra side salad at lunch), choosing lean protein like fish, poultry, or beans, and cutting back on the processed food, red meat and full-fat daily products.
The Secret is the Grape
And the added bonus is that a glass of wine now and then is not off-limits in the Med. In fact, recent studies in animals suggest that red tine contains an ingredient that may actually reduce the development of fat tissue! Keep in mind, though, alcoholic drinks are high in calories, so enjoy as occasional treat.