About three years ago, I decided to embark on a diet lifestyle to lose weight and keep it off. I had lost weight in the past but would always regain it. This time, I wanted a diet that I could stay with for the long run. I went on a low fat diet for one year. I lost 22 pounds, but my blood cholesterol shot up from 218 mg/dL to 228 mg/dL. I was not happy with that. After doing some research, I came across the Mediterranean diet. It appealed to me because it included healthy fats, was plant based, and seemed like I would not be sacrificing anything. It also had the scientific backing as a very heart healthy diet.
On the Mediterranean diet I eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and fish. Moderate amounts of poultry and dairy, and my fat/oil of choice is olive oil (extra virgin). Very limited amounts of red and processed meats. I also take 45 minute walks, five days a week.
After being on the Mediterranean diet for 2 years, I have lost 44 pounds, and my blood cholesterol has dropped to 147 mg/dL. I am truly very happy with this diet lifestyle. I enjoy the meals, and I am getting the weight loss and cholesterol lowering benefits. Most importantly, I have had no desire to reverted to my old way of eating. I am truly on this diet lifestyle for life. I hope you will join me on this journey to good health.