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Based on their findings, the researchers reasoned that “the Mediterranean dietary pattern may have a beneficial effect in slowing down the weight gain usually observed with age.” Like researchers before them, they proposed the following explanations for the weight gain-preventing effect of this eating pattern:
Cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, created the popular South Beach Diet based on the Mediterranean diet model. He noted, "Research continues to demonstrate that being physically active and eating a nutritious diet of primarily whole foods that are filling and satisfying can enable people to control weight, lower blood pressure [and] cholesterol levels, reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease [and] Alzheimer’s disease, and basically protect against chronic diseases."
(Am J Clin Nutr 2010;92:1484–93)
Maureen Williams, ND, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She has a private practice on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada, and has done extensive work with traditional herbal medicine in Guatemala and Honduras. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.