Halt Gradual Weight Gain with This Cuisine

Halt Gradual Weight Gain with This Cuisine

Gained a few pounds in recently? Well, here's a great way to reverse the trend. Eat Mediterranean-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Research shows that, compared with people who favor other types of cuisine, people who eat Mediterranean-themed fare are much less likely to gain weight over time.

Mediterranean Menu
It's a fact of life: We all tend to gain weight as we get older -- at least half a pound a year. Over time, that adds up to increased pants sizes and health risks. But a Mediterranean diet may help prevent you from packing on those unwanted pounds.

Why? Mediterranean food tends to be high in fiber, so you're more likely to feel satiated right up to your next meal. Mediterranean eats also help keep your metabolism steady, so you burn calories evenly throughout the day and don't feel the need to reach for a quick sugar fix. (Make healthy eating easier with these four tricks.)

Stay-Slim Secret
So how can you make your meals more Mediterranean? For starters, include a couple of servings of vegetables or fruit at each meal. And choose whole grains over white or refined grains, olive oil over butter, and fish over red meat. That's a good beginning. Here are a few more ideas on making every meal you eat more Mediterranean:

  • Breakfast: Yogurt, fresh fruit, and whole-grain toast fit the bill.
  • Lunch: Salads with feta and olives, zesty soups with tomatoes and beans, and sandwich wraps with bell peppers all make for tasty Mediterranean fare.
  • Dinner: Fresh seafood, tangy marinara, roasted vegetables, nutty couscous -- it's all part of delightful Mediterranean dining.
  • Snacks: Warm whole-wheat pita with hummus, marinated olives, spiced nuts -- who doesn't love Mediterranean munchies?

More On Dieting For Weight Loss

How Can I Avoid Feeling Deprived While Dieting?

video

How Can I Avoid Feeling Deprived While Dieting?
You can avoid feeling deprived when you diet by finding healthier ways to satisfy your cravings and still eat the foods you like. Watch "Hungry Girl" ...
Healthy Friends Help You Eat Right

video

Healthy Friends Help You Eat Right
Do you find yourself ordering a side of fries when your friends do too? In this video, Robin Miller, MD, explains how people are easily influenced by ...
While Dining in an Italian Restaurant, What Foods Should I Choose?

video

While Dining in an Italian Restaurant, What Foods Should I Choose?
Healthy choices at an Italian restaurant include soup, steamed fish and vegetables - and avoiding huge pasta portions and the bread basket! Watch "Hun...
Know the Difference Between Portion Size and Serving Size

video

Know the Difference Between Portion Size and Serving Size
Portion control is a smart weight-loss strategy. In this Health Smarts video, Vonda Wright, MD, reveals the difference between a serving size and a po...