(No, not willpower...but another kind of thinking.) Just saw an email that made me stop (before I hit the delete button as usual) and read the study, the blog, and then I thought: This one is worth keeping, even passing on. It's about why the Mediterranean diet appears to work, and what its most powerful ingredient may be: positive thinking!
In a study of diabetics, the group that was told to follow a Mediterranean diet lost more weight and needed fewer meds than those following a lowfat diet. But the truth is the nutritional factors between the eating plans weren't that different. Both groups were told to eat smart carbs and healthy fats. The difference was HOW they were asked to do it. Here is a quote from the blog by Monica Reinagel, M.S., posted on NutritionData.
Perhaps it was just a matter of what the dieters were told to focus on. The Mediterranean group was told what to eat: vegetables, fish, grains, olive oil. The lowfat group were told what to avoid: sugary snacks and high-fat foods. Could it be as simple as casting dietary recommendations in terms of positives instead of negatives?Related: Mediterranean Diet 101: Eat like the Greeks!
This is what I believe. Tell me to eat more nuts, fruits and veggies, more whole grains and salads and foods I can grow, pick, hold and recognize (as opposed to processed and full of additives and preservatives), and I will eat healthier. Go toward a goal (what TO eat) and not away from one (what NOT to eat). The same is true in every thing I do: Positives speak louder than negatives. It's what I live by. It's what I think works and it's what I try to publish every month in SELF. So think positive, move toward a goal and you will reach it. Visualize success, whatever the goal and the task that will bring you close to it (eating right, running, taking care of yourself). It's the most positive thing you can do for your healthy self.
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