Mediterranean Diet VS Atkins Diet

July 10, 2011

The diet is a food pattern everyone adopts according to one’s preferences. The prominent purpose of it, is to make us feel better, to be healthier and to stronger both mentally and spiritually. The modern world offers a great variety of diets based on the achievements of our ancestors, on their discoveries by means of empirical methods and more up-to-date dietary contributions from the medical scientists. The example of the first kind of a diet is Mediterranean one. While Atkins diet is something that originated not long ago in the course of the research work made by the American physician and cardiologist who gave his name to this, personally created nutritional approach.

The Atkins Diet

Dr. Atkins’ initial goal was to struggle against his own overweight problem. By having to eliminate the main obstacle that prevented him from enjoying life, feeling free and comfortable, he helped a number of Americans. Since 1972 when his approach/method was for the first time introduced to the society, millions of people were given a chance to win the battle against obesity and severe heart diseases. The breakthrough of Dr. Atkins was in the shortage of carbohydrate intake, emphasizing fat and protein consumption. He contradicted to the commonly accepted opinion of the medical experts that in order to lose weight it is required to reduce the quantity of fat and increase carbohydrate portion in the daily menu. The concept of the Atkins Diet lies in putting off the weight by switching the organism from carbohydrate to fat burning. The diet program encloses four phases that gradually restore the balance in the body which means to bring the weight, carbohydrate, protein and fat rate to the personal standards.

According to the experts and those who followed this nutritional approach, the Atkins Diet gives impressive results. It is possible to lose, stabilize and maintain the attained point on the scales. But in order to make desired to be possible, it is necessary to pull together all the patience and will-power you have because any corrective scientifically invented diet requires some sort of restrictions. Meanwhile Mediterranean Diet may offer the same benefits without any tortures simply because it is a way of life.

The Atkins Diet is an American product. Life style and eating habits of the Americans are far from being named healthy, that’s why majority of people didn’t notice how quickly they became obese consuming refined sugar, fatty and sweetie buns, doughnuts and other junky food. In order to improve the nation’s health situation Dr. Atkins decided to work out the idea of the body energy source and its consumption. To the contrary, the Mediterranean people never faced such troubles. For many centuries now, they have no problems with their health; on the contrary they impress the entire world with their life expectations, strong cardio-vascular system and the key element of long and productive life – excellent mood. The secret of the Mediterraneans is in their nutritional pattern that in the second half of the twentieth century was recognized by the global community and officially named Mediterranean Diet.

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The Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean Diet is an array of all the required nutrients: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals. The essential and prominent feature of the Meditteranean ingredients is their wonderful quality and health promoting properties. The Med Diet is a product of the ancestors’ “research” which is based on personal observations through perceptions of food influence on the body and consequently the health. It contains non-saturated fats and antioxidants in the Olive oil, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, greenery are rich in fiber, it allows a moderate amount of eggs, cheese and meats not to abuse the body with bad cholesterol and a glass of wine only adds to the vivacious picture of a healthy person. The Mediterranean Approach toward food consumption is rather a good choice if you have opted to become healthier, slimmer and stronger both physically and spiritually.

Our Verdict

It is certainly true that both of the aforementioned diet models may help you to achieve the same result. The difference is in the qualities and restrictions of the chosen track. The Atkins Diet will demand to suffer you a bit to restore the balance of your body. To the contrary, the Mediterranean Scheme will give you what you need enjoying a new eating style. The combination of the foods in the Mediterranean Diet is wisely fused for the purpose of reducing your parts, making you fit and sparking your eyes with a vivid flame.

Andrea Aurelio
About the author

Andrea Aurelio adopted the Mediterranean diet and the Mediterranean way of living after evaluating a series of diets and realizing that the Mediterranean diet is a proven diet and the best way to adopt a healthy lifestyle. You can connect with him on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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