The benefits of a good diet along with some exercise is unmatched. There are various nutritionists, doctors, and fitness experts that vouch for different diets and workout regimen, but with a lonesome goal, that is to build a lifestyle that nurtures the body’s immense power to heal itself.
Kayla Itsines, one of the most influential fitness trainers, has helped many people transform their body with the Bikini Body Guide(BBG) workouts, while also have an impact on various others for her level of fitness. But, amidst all this, one thing is kept constant, that is her diet. She swears by a Mediterranean-style diet that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, pasta, and lots of olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano.
The Mediterranean-style diet doesn’t have any hard-set rules to follow. But it mainly encourages you to limit the intake of highly processed foods and incorporate more plant-based foods like whole-grains, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, healthy fats, flavorful herbs and spices and red wine(in moderation).
Few benefits of a Mediterranean diet are:
It prevents heart disease and strokes.
Since the Mediterranean diet advocates to limit the consumption of refined bread, processed foods, and red meat, while encouraging to include red wine over hard liquor, the chances to develop inflammation, heart disease and strokes in the body also reduce.
Reduces the level of bad cholesterol in the body.
This diet has more good fats in it like olive oil, nuts and seeds which are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which help reduce the level of total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, triglycerides, as well as preventing systemic inflammation.
According to studies, people who follow a Mediterranean diet are at midlife are 46% more likely to live longer without any chronic illness and or impaired physical and mental health and cognitive function.
Increases muscle strength.
Due to it’s variant nutrients, this diet helps in protecting the muscle from damage, hence increasing the strength of the muscle and providing higher agility. It is also found to improve brain functions, leading to improved memory and learning, thinking abilities, and concentration power.
Helps in controlling blood sugar.
The fibre content in the Mediterranean diet helps in controlling the blood glucose level by reducing its absorption rate. This further helps in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Also, a fibre-rich diet takes longer to digest which also helps in maintaining weight.
Over to you.
Kayla Itsines loves a Mediterranean diet for it is full of flavour and has some of her favourite foods too, and why not? For it has such amazing health benefits too.