Although eating a low-fat diet seems like a logical means of losing weight, research shows it does not work. According to Harvard Medical School, a better option is the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked to lower cardiovascular disease and a host of other health benefits. Since obesity is associated with various illnesses, it makes sense that the same manner of eating that leads to greater wellness would also promote weight management.
Harvard bases their assertion on a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Medicine that found the Mediterranean diet was more effective than a low-fat diet for fighting obesity. This eating plan lauded by many members of the medical community is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish and olive oil while low in eggs, meat and dairy products. It is nutrient-dense, as it contains numerous phytochemicals from the plant foods, as well as omega-3 fatty acids from fish and polyunsaturated fat from olive oil.
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