4 GO MEDITER­RANEAN

Men's Health (South Africa) - - WEIGHT LOSS -

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.

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