When summer comes, those among us who are chubby are especially conscious of the fact. Darn those swimsuits anyhow, all that extra cellulite in clear view! Well, the lucky thing about summer is that there is a diet that is particularly sweet to follow in the summer season, and that is the Mediterranean Diet.
The reason Mediterranean Diet weight loss is well-suited in the summertime is that the majority of the foodstuffs it represents are in season or exporting quickly. Lots of fresh veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. And a good dose of the favourite extra virgin olive oil (in moderation), and the fishing season keeps the seafood coming.
In addition, the Mediterranean Diet concentrates on top quality foods in limited amounts, with locally produced items being the most suitable option of all. And of course, what's better time to hit the farmer’s market to load up on a basket of fresh produce than the summer time?
Summer and the Mediterranean Diet also go well together as the recipes of the Mediterranean feature lighter meals that are less difficult to digest. A thick stew or fatty roast is comforting in winter, when your body naturally wants to store calories to burn to battle the cold. But during the summer, the heat and humidity blend to make heavy meals unattractive, while a salad with extra virgin olive oil and a touch of lemon juice sounds a bit like a good idea.
As usual, the Mediterranean Diet is done with the aim that you ease back on the portions you eat at one point. Get smaller plates and bowls, and focus on never missing a meal, but always eating a reasonable portion. Remember the Mediterranean Diet isn't a “crash” diet, but a sensible, steady life-style to which you must keep a medium to long-term commitment for it to work.