4 GO MEDITERRANEAN
A variant of a gene called MC4R predisposes its carriers to obesity and type 2 diabetes. But there’s hope: a Mediterranean-style diet may cancel out that increased genetic risk, recent research suggests. This famously healthy (and delicious!) diet is rich in olive oil, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. An occasional glass of red wine is perfectly okay. The fibre and antioxidants prevalent in the diet seem to fight fat and improve glucose metabolism. Ciao bella!
HIT THE SWITCH As you eat more Mediterranean foods, think about the tasty stuff you’re adding, not what you’re missing. When you begin, focus on eating quality meals, not counting kilojoules. Log your food for the first few weeks to stick to it, says dietician and nutritionist Erin Peisach.