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Modified Mediterranean Diet Aids Weight Loss

A recent study from the University of Padova, Italy suggests that a modified Mediterranean diet with ketogenic aspects may reduce body mass, weight, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease in obese people.

The Mediterranean Diet is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. A diet that follows this structure and is also high in fats is known as a ketogenic diet.

The findings were published in the Nutrition Journal on October 12, 2011.

Study participants included 19 men and 87 women between the ages of 18 and 65 with a body mass index greater than 25. All of the participants were employed by the Rome council. Over the course of six weeks the participants consumed a modified ketogenic diet which included green vegetables, olive oil, fish and meat. The diet had virtually zero carbohydrates.

After six weeks, the researchers noted significant changes from the measurements they took at the beginning of the study. Body mass index was reduced from 31.45 Kg/m2 to 29/01 Kg/m2, body weight was reduced from 190 lbs to 178 lbs and percentage of fat mass dropped from 41.24% to 34.99%.

The researchers also noted changes in the blood lipids of the participants, with total cholesterol dropping from 204 mg/dl to 181 mg/dl, LDL (bad) cholesterol dropping from 150 mg/dl to 136 mg/dl, triglycerides from 119 mg/dl to 93 mg/dl, and blood glucose from 96 mg/dl to 91 mg/dl. They also noted an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.

Ketogenic diets are considered to be extreme diets and are not recommended without medical supervision and should never be undertaken by diabetics. The best way to manage your weight is through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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