Team McCallum

R&D for Lifetime of Life

The Mediterranean Diet.

The EPIC-PANACEA team has reported that high adherence to a Mediterranean diet helps prevent weight gain and protect against obesity.

EPIC-PANACEA covers 10 European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and the study looked at over 370,000 individuals, following them for around 5 years.

A score of 0 to 18 on the Mediterranean diet was calculated based on food consumption at the start of the study, and compared with weight change between start and end.

Those in the 11-18 showed a small average weight loss and were 10% less likely to become overweight or obese than those with low adherence, in the 0-6 range.

The team found that ” The low meat content of the Mediterranean diet seemed to account for most of its positive effect against weight gain.” This is in line with their finding reported earlier this year that high meat consumption  predicted weight gain over the same period.

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September 21, 2010 - Posted by | Diet, Germany, Mediterranean diet, Obesity, Success, The Netherlands, UK, Weight management

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