Weight and the Mediterranean diet.

It might be assumed that adding 50ml of olive oil or 30g of nuts per day to a diet unrestricted in calories would result in weight gain. This was not however, the case and this raises interesting points regarding appetite regulation and food cravings. Natural calorie control and a feeling of satiety must be an integral part of the Mediterranean diet even if the diet appears to contain high energy components.

Bread for example is one of the main foods within the Mediterranean diet but there was no evidence that bread results in detrimental weight gain. Bread encourages a slow eating pattern, it is consumed with olive oil with garlic and with tomatoes, and these are generally considered healthy food types. It is strange why people who diet have begun to avoid bread when there is no evidence linking bread to obesity. Also it is clear that whilst bread consumption is falling obesity rates are rising.

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