The time is passing on, so is the environment and the outlook of the people inhabiting this planet. The interpretation of some elements of a daily life and attitude toward them is inevitably changing, because the world today is not like it was some time ago. In the ancient times the word diet described just a life style, food and drinks which usually appeared on the table. This interpretation still exists. Frequently people have to adhere to some eating patterns due to a clear medical reason (diabetes, ulcer, etc.) or philosophical, spiritual reason (vegetarian eating, fasting). However, today now and then the word diet is referred to as a remedy for overweight struggling, not the Med diet.
All the glamorous magazines, commercials and TV-shows are saturated with beautifully shaped girls who are gracious, fit and slim. The diet appeared to be a bridge to such an immaculate constitution. Unfortunately a numerous trials must be passed to cross the bridge and reach the other bank of the river. That’s why modern dieting has a strong correlation in our minds with frustration, deprivation and depression.
In this article we will speak of the Mediterranean Diet which represents previous century status Vs the child of the newest times the South Beach Diet. Two diets are named after the beautiful places they came from. So is the effect of the diets: they polish the daily intake and promote balanced, healthy and slim eating style.
The South Beach Diet being a contemporary diet meets as a main goal weight loss. It is an intelligent and well organized way of overweight battle designed by the cardiologist Arthur Agatston. The South Beach Diet is obviously younger than the Mediterranean one. Respectively the younger one may have borrowed some features of the older and more experienced companion. It is indeed so. The prominent experts in the field of nutrition and medicine have recognized the Mediterranean Diet as one of the healthiest diets, way of life, of the world.
This fact could have an impact over Dr. Agatston, so as to convince him to include the contributions of the Mediterranean eating pattern to his eating plan. As a proof of this assumption, we notice quite a long list of similarities between the two diets. Their main emphasis is on healthy products, for example, fiber rich food of plant origin, whole grain; the ban is put on refined, processed food; saturated fats and simple carbohydrates (such as favorite and so desirable buns, biscuits, muffins, etc.) stay out of the basket filled with the foods these diets may offer.
Age and origin
The first difference that stands between the diets is their age and mode of origin. The Mediterranean Diet has a longish history. It wasn’t designed for some specific purpose like the South Beach Diet. It was a subconscious process that was based on growing around plants and personal perceptions of those tasting them. The food in those times was treated like a fuel for the body to show excellent physical productivity. People were close to nature, had more time to observe their organism’s reaction on the meal they prepared and ate. They knew quite well that heavy food which requires longer time and duration for digestion is improper before the exercises both physical and mental. Nowadays everything has changed. These days, people are surrounded with so an enormous variety of junky, unhealthy food that it has turned to be not only fuel, in some cases instead of fuel it transforms into poison and killer. The current situation makes the scientist, medical specialists and nutritionists find remedy to neutralize and eliminate from our meals such dangerous food.
The other important distinctive feature that puts apart the diets is the rules the South Beach Diet sets. Following these rules and prescriptions you will get the result otherwise your weight will not shift backwards. To the contrary the Mediterranean Diet has no specific restrictions. The Mediterranean cuisine is so light and wisely composed that you will never feel pangs of hunger or eat more than you need (because conversation takes the better part of the meal) and always be fit and healthy with your face smiling.
Mediterranean, Med, diet is a way of living, eating, drinking, exercising and in general living a healthy life both for the body and the spirit.