Mediterranean diet better than calorie counting
A study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal concludes that the Mediterranean diet, although higher in fat, has an almost three times greater chance of lowering risks of heart attack and stroke than conventional calorie-counting and low-fat diets.
Mediterranean diets are found mostly in regions of Greece and Italy and are heavily fruit and vegetable based. Accenting these diets are poultry and fish, as well as olive oil, nuts, and whole grains.
This study counters the more conventional approach of maintaining a healthy weight by focusing on calorie-counting. The researchers believe that instead of counting calories, the more responsible thing to do is to monitor the actual food intake, and “concentrate on eating nutritious foods.”