Considered one of the healthiest and most complete regimens, the Mediterranean diet encompasses all eating habits of the people living in the Mediterranean Sea basin.
It is defined as being a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, carbohydrates, olive oil, all foods that contain lots of vitamins, fibers and minerals. However, it also features a limited consumption of meat (especially red), dairy products and eggs. In this diet, meals alternate frequently and in many ways: at lunch, for example, if grains or carbohydrates are eaten, proteins are preferred in the evening, always with a side of vegetables.
In Health Centers and Spas, this diet is frequently recommended to people planning to get back into shape. It has the advantage of being suitable for everyone as a daily diet because it provides valuable nutrients to our bodies. Naturally, a Mediterranean diet can be used to lose weight if calorie intake is reduced to 900-1000 calories a day, a common target for many weight loss programs. In these cases, during the stay at the Spa, the patient limits their consumption of both olive oil and carbohydrates, and continues at home with a more relaxed diet, always under the supervision of the Spa’s resident physician.
Another positive aspect of the Mediterranean diet is the fact that it is enjoyable, non-punitive and easy to follow even away from home, since it includes accessible and seasonal foods. It is also suitable for those who have high blood pressure, since salt consumption is reduced and partially replaced by spices.