Which Version Of Mediterranean Diet Best For Burning Visceral Fat
Leafy greens, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, and green tea contain plant nutrients – some of the key ingredients in a ‘Green Mediterranean Diet’ have been linked to helping to burn a dangerous type of body fat. According to a report from Insider, a version of the popular Mediterranean-style diet with added plant foods may help burn fat faster, a new study suggests. As the report explains:
The nutrient-dense [Green Mediterranean Diet] eating plan may help reduce a type of fat linked to higher risk of disease.
Why Does The Green Mediterranean Diet Help Burn Visceral Fat?
According to the new study, published in BMC Medicine, the “green” Mediterranean diet — is based on cuisines in regions where people live the longest, healthiest lives, and adding foods like green tea and protein-rich plants could make it even healthier
A team led by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel looked at data from 294 adults to compare the health benefits of two types of Mediterranean diet against general healthy eating recommendations to eat less fat and salt, and more vegetables.
What Is Visceral Fat?
Visceral fat is an insidious type of fat that gathers in the visceral cavities of the body, also known as our internal organs. Not only is visceral fat aesthetically unpleasing, but it can contribute to a variety of medical issues, including an increased risk for hypertension and heart disease. Some of the most effective ways to combat visceral fat are through exercise and lifestyle changes, like increasing fruit and vegetable intake or switching to a balanced mediterranean diet. Fortunately, visceral fat isn’t impossible to reduce with proper nutrition and physical activity; it’s never too late to start cleaning up your insides!
Green Mediterranean Diet Study Findings
University of the Negev researchers found that participants on the regular Mediterranean Diet reduced red meat, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates (like white bread and sugary treats) and ate more healthy fats such as olive oil. The group lost 7% of visceral fat, on average, by the end of the 18-month study, compared to 4.5% fat loss in the general healthy diet group.
But the modified green Mediterranean diet was twice as effective, helping people lose 14% of their visceral fat. Those dieters drank four cups a day of green tea and a green shake made of a high-protein, vitamin-rich plant called duckweed, in addition to cutting back on red meat and processed foods. The green diet also led to slightly more weight loss overall.
Lead study author Hila Zelicha, post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev described the results as “a dramatic achievement for making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.”
“A healthy lifestyle is a strong basis for any weight loss program. We learned from the results of our experiment that the quality of food is no less important than the number of calories consumed,”Hila Zelicha, post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Olive Oil, leafy greens and nutrients called polyphenols
The advantage of the green Mediterranean diet, researchers theorized, is that it’s rich is polyphenols, plant-based nutrients which evidence has linked to a protective effect against chronic disease.
Polyphenol rich olive oil is receiving the attention of scientific and health community lately because of their benefits for human body. Polyphenols are chemical compounds that are present in many natural foods. Polyphenol is also used as dietary supplements and can be taken as prescribed medicine.
The latest (2021) harvest of Morocco Gold has the highest ever levels of polyphenols at 644mg/kg.
Polyphenols are phytochemicals that occur in plants and render the colour to plants. Sources of polyphenols include peaches, pomegranate, grapes, oranges, cocoa powder and dark chocolate. However, one of the most important sources of polyphenols is extra virgin olive oil. It is important that this is genuine, unprocessed extra virgin olive oil like Morocco Gold that will still have its polyphenols intact. Processed or refined olive oils usually have their polyphenols extracted from the oil during filtration and refining.